View Full Version : US Open: Maria's interviews

Sep 8th, 2004, 02:12 AM
First-round video interview (includes waterbottle footage):

Second-round video interview:

She is so charming and charismatic in her interviews, although if I didn't know better, I'd say she was chewing gum! :rolleyes:

Second-round transcribed interview:
M. SHARAPOVA/J. Jankovic
6-0, 6-7, 6-1

An interview with:

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria.

Q. Were you caught off guard that she turned it on in the second set?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. She's that type of a player that can turn it on. Doesn't matter even though I won 6-0, I knew that she can come up with the goods later on. I was ready. But, you know, it was just too good from her side.

Q. What was your mindset going into the third?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: After the first game, I thought I was pretty much in control. When I broke her, I felt that I could hit any shot from anywhere from the court. You know, that's a good feeling to have when you're in the third set. So that kind of gave me that boost. You know, I felt really good.

Q. You keep saying you want to come in more. I guess your coaches are telling you that. What's stopping you from doing that? Not in your nature?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just the actual thing of doing it. I mean, in practice, you practice it, and you're going in. But in match situations, sometimes I just hesitate. But I actually did it a lot more today.

Q. In what way is it a little bit harder for you on hard courts than grass? What do you miss from grass that you don't get on a hard court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, the serve advantage, I think a lot of the first serves come back here than in Wimbledon. A lot of the serves either don't come back, or it's an easy shot. Also the points are a lot shorter. The surface is a lot tougher on the body, as well.

Q. Looks like you're going to play Mary Pierce in the next round.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Never played her before. I guess just go out and just play my game. Hopefully pick up the weaknesses, the strengths from the beginning.

Q. Do you think you're playing well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think I'm playing the best tennis, but I also don't want to be playing the best tennis from the first and second round. I've been able to pull it through and pull out some tough matches, which I'm very thankful for. I think my game has picked up from my last match, which is very good. Hopefully I'll maintain this.

Q. Are you worried you might not manage to pull it out? Your first round wasn't clean. This second set.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I felt more confident in this round than I did in the last. Especially in the third set, I felt I was in control. Look, she's 30 or 40 in the world. That just shows how high the tennis level is right now.

Q. Have you ever practiced together?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not lately.

Q. Do you remember anything of her?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just from the Juniors a long time ago, but not much.

Q. How do you feel differently being at a Grand Slam? First one since Wimbledon. Something really come over you when you're in a Grand Slam environment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, just the opportunity, you know, to be a Grand Slam champion, coming into another Grand Slam. It's an amazing feeling. A lot more excitement. You know, you're a Grand Slam champion. I don't know. It's an exciting feeling.

Q. Do you thrive off that sort of increased intention? Does that motivate you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It does. I want to perform better, of course, and I want to do well. I love expectations, so that sort of drives me.

Q. What about your outside life? Is it impinging on you now? Is it threatening to possibly take away from your tennis time?


Q. Because you're a hot item with endorsers and so on.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I know my limits. I personally know when is the time to work hard and when is the time to do, you know, other things off court. And I felt that I've been doing that very well. You know, unfortunately you just have to say no and be mean to many of those people, but that's just the way it goes, you know.

Q. Hard to say no?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, yeah. You know, I'd rather say yes than no, of course, to people with any kind of questions. But no is shorter.

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Third-round transcribed interview:
M. PIERCE/M. Sharapova
4-6, 6-2, 6-3

An interview with:

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria, please.

Q. You said before this tournament that you have a lot of years ahead of you, that you might not win it this year, and that would be okay. Do you feel okay right now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do. I feel fine. Even though, you know, it's a tough loss, even though I was up a break. I mean, these things happen. You can't win all of them. Unfortunately, I didn't win today.

Q. What happened to your serve today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, there was nothing really wrong with my serve. I think I just tried to go for too much at the wrong times. You know, I think on a few balls, she put some pressure on me, and that made me want to hit the ball harder. Those are the things I just have to sort of realize and learn from them.

Q. Has it been a pretty exhausting six or eight weeks since Wimbledon, with everything that's happened, playing in the hot weather here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's tough. I mean, it's not easy, of course. But it's my career. It's my life, you know. If you win something big, then a lot of things will happen. But you've got to move on. You know, I lost today, but I still have to move on. It's not the end of the world. There are a lot more important things in the world going on right now than my loss.

Q. Can you talk about the black ribbon that you wore.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, in Russia, it's terrible what's going on. 1st of September is when so many kids go to school, it's the first day of school back. They go in with the flowers and the whole family. All of the kids and the teachers, you know, have this big party. Unfortunately, the terrorists, you know, decided to do something bad with those families and kids. It just shows that my loss is just -- has, I mean -- what's going on in the world today, my loss, you know, it's a little thing.

Q. How did you decide to wear the black ribbon? Where did that come from?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just to show my support. You know, I came up with the idea last night. I thought, you know, just to show my support for the victims and for the families that were, you know, unfortunately what happened to them. But it was just my decision. You know, some of the other girls in the locker room picked it up, too.

Q. When Pete Sampras won here, he came back the next year, and after he lost, he said it was something of a relief to have all the pressure off. Do you feel now maybe the pressure's off a little bit?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I never really focused on the pressure, first of all. You know, I am that kind of athlete that I love the nerves and I love the pressure because I feel like that's part of the game. It's impossible for somebody to go out and not feel pressure or not to feel nerves. It's just part of the game. You know, I don't really think it was about the nerves, my loss today. But, of course, yeah, you just have to move on. There's so many things I have to work on. That will give me the chance to do so.

Q. Some tough matches in this tournament. Were you tired mentally, you think?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I don't think that was the major problem today concerning why I lost. But, of course, it's difficult to have tough matches. But that's just the way it is. It's what I have to learn, that you're not going to win every match easy. You have to battle some of them out. You know, I battled the first two out, and today I couldn't finish the third.

Q. What was the major problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think the major problem was that I tried to do too much at a certain time when I didn't need to do it. And she's an experienced player and she knows what it takes. I think I've just got to learn those things. Especially on my serve, I just went for too much at the wrong times.

Q. The recent tragedy brought a lot of sorrow. Did you have any indications that your incredible victory at Wimbledon brought a lot of pride, a lot of joy to your people?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I sure hope so. You know, I love playing for my country, getting the support. You know, especially for the kids and everybody, I mean, showing my example of what I can achieve so early. And maybe, you know, they can achieve it, too, just to get that in their minds. Like I said, you know, once you pick up a racquet or you just start playing, it's great to be an inspiration to other young kids back home.

Q. Were there any specific examples at all you could point to from Russia after Wimbledon?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think, you know, not just my success but the success of so many of my country women. I think a lot more younger girls and boys are starting to play tennis now. The clubs are packed. You know, everybody just wants to see if they can make it.

Q. The nine matches that you played since winning Wimbledon, did you come close or approximate the quality you had in the final at Wimbledon against Serena?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, it's hard to say what level you're on because at Wimbledon you're playing on grass. I mean, balls that I hit over there are not going to be, you know, winners here. So, I mean, same thing with the serve. Some serves that I hit on grass would have been aces in here. I can hit another ball and I can make an error, and all of a sudden you think you're not playing that great. I mean, I think grass and hard is a totally different story. It's hard to compare your game.

Q. As far as today's match goes, you had over 30 unforced errors. Did you beat yourself?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think there are a few points where I did go for too much at the wrong times. But that goes to the credit that my opponent had the experience. I mean, even though I made so many unforced errors, I lost in three sets. So some people who make so many unforced errors, they lose 0-0. If I wouldn't have made those unforced errors, I could have won the match easily. So I'm not going to put that much pressure on myself by saying, you know, you've made so many errors. But, I mean, yeah, I still lost, and there's so many things I still got to work on.

Q. I think you got a warning for coaching in the second set. Do you know what that was about?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think my dad was showing something, but I wasn't really looking. I was like, "Whatever."

Q. You've obviously been following the events in Russia. How have you gotten the news?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The Internet and also at night they show a lot of the news. I watch the news on TV. And yesterday accidentally I turned on the channel, and they actually had live news broadcasting from Russia in Russian, so that was good to see.

Q. Was that a distraction at all? Were you thinking about that at all?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it's not a distraction. It's just an example of what can happen in life and that this sort of doesn't really mean anything. I mean, a lot more things are happening in the world right now than my loss.

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Dr. Andrew Broad


Sep 24th, 2004, 06:37 AM
and the third one Andrew?

Sep 24th, 2004, 10:54 AM
I posted all the interviews from the US Open site:

The first-round interview does not have a transcript, and the third-round interview does not have a video.

Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)