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andrewbroad
Jan 20th, 2005, 12:22 AM
Source: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2005-01-17/200501171105961359133.html
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M. SHARAPOVA/S. Karatantcheva 6-3, 6-1

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Q. You handled a really dangerous opponent really well today, didn't you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. You know, she's a very dangerous opponent, especially in a first-round match. So I knew what to expect. I played her once before last year. Very aggressive player. Attacked her serve.

You know, I just played a good, solid first-round match. You can't expect the best from yourself. But meanwhile, you know, it's good to get through.

Q. Are you able to compare this match from the one at Indian Wells, how she's developed since then?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Gosh, so much has happened in that time. I don't know. I was more focused about how I was playing rather than focusing on her.

Q. You found it easier to play her this time than at Indian Wells?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I think I'm such a - I'm a much better player than I was at Indian Wells last year definitely.

Q. How do you approach or do you approach Grand Slams differently now, given what happened at Wimbledon last year? Are you much more confident or assured?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I know that it's a very important tournament. There are four a year. The Australian is obviously right at the beginning of the year. So, you know, all of them are a bit different. I think here you don't have as much matches going in as, you know, as you would like going into a Grand Slam.

But, you know, I always take it as a really tough tournament, something that I really, really want to win.

Q. Do you feel like you're more under the microscope here this year than you were last year?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, definitely. I've got a lot more fans, a lot more people shouting my name, yeah.

Q. Does having played in New York, having had a Grand Slam in New York since Wimbledon, does that help coming in here, having had that experience?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was obviously tough because, you know, everything happened so fast. And like I've said before many times, I cannot win everything. So obviously I knew I won a Grand Slam. I was very confident going into the tournament. But I knew that you never know what can happen, and I'm still developing my game. It's not that I won a Grand Slam and that all of a sudden I'm going to win everything. And, you know, I understand that. And that's why, you know, my game is still a work in progress.

Q. Do you feel that the exhibition matches you played coming into here is a better way to prepare than playing a tournament?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I do in a sense because the last one, which was in Hong Kong, was a very competitive one. Unfortunately, I got a virus so I couldn't play - I couldn't finish the whole thing. But I do take exhibitions very seriously, especially when they're before a Grand Slam.
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DrChemicalX
Jan 20th, 2005, 02:35 AM
Indeed.. i have these in DVD quality if anyone would like them

faust
Jan 20th, 2005, 04:40 AM
i just noticed that the seeds are kinda gettin tough matches now...

that waters did gave maria a taste of whats going to happen more on the upcoming rounds...she'd better practice.

andrewbroad
Jan 22nd, 2005, 03:54 AM
Source: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2005-01-19/200501191106129664258.html
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Maria Sharapova
Wednesday, January 19, 2005


M. SHARAPOVA/L. Lee-Waters

4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Q. Did she surprise you a bit, the way she held in and played?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. She played amazing in the first set, was moving side to side really well. I was trying to - you know, when an opponent plays with two hands on both sides, you try to move her a bit and try to get her on the run, but she was playing shots on the run that were just too good. It seemed like everything was going in. From my side, I was making too many errors.

But, you know, errors or winners, I just try to focus and mentally just try to get myself in the match and pull it through.

Q. You said she was impressed with your fighting spirit. But how do you feel about her fighting spirit in general out there?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it was an amazing match. I think both of us gave it all we've got. In the third set, we just fought for every single ball. You know, in the end, it was just a matter of a few points. But she definitely gave it all, all she had, out there.

Q. After a match like that, are you more mentally or physically tired?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think physically, definitely, you know, especially on this court in the heat and the type of match that we played.

Q. Did you have any awareness of who she was?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I've played her before.

Q. You did?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh-hmm.

Q. Do you have any appreciation of what it's like to be a mom as well as a professional tennis player?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it takes a lot of guts to get back out there. A lot of credit to her for sure. You know, to have a child and then to be able to come back and be on the tour and play so well is amazing.

Q. Do you practice your lob much?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Once in a while.

Q. You used it at Wimbledon to good effect when you had to and pulled it out today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Tell you the truth, my lobs are absolutely terrible. But at the right time, I seem to pull it through.

Q. If you don't practice them and you're not good at it, how do you think you manage to pull them out at the right time?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think my lobs were that great today. I think they were better at Wimbledon at the right points. I think today she made - it was just one lob that I, you know, I just was out of the court and I just got it back in the court basically. You know, turned out to be a good shot.

Q. Is that because in the Juniors most people stay back and there's nobody to lob over because you're at the back of the court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think so.

Q. There's been a lot of talk about the positive test, obviously, in the last few days. Have you spoken to Dementieva or Kuznetsova about that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, actually, I haven't seen too much of them today. I saw Svetlana today, but we were talking and joking about things, yeah.

Q. What was your response when you saw the news about that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: To tell you the truth, there's so many things I have to worry about that, you know, just having these things come in our game is just - it's something that, you know, I hear, I accept and, you know, I forget and just go on with the things I need to do. It's hard trying to worry about other people's business when I have so many things that, you know, I have to concentrate on and think about.

But it's obviously terrible, you know. You don't want to see this in our game. You don't want to have all this nonsense controversy. But this is something that we as a tour are going to get through and, you know, all of us understand. You know, it will be all okay.

Q. There seems to be a little tension between Kuznetsova and Dementieva about that. Does that surprise you, because the Russian girls seem to be so close.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't heard about any tension.

Q. Is it easier to play this one than the US Open because this is the second time you've played a Grand Slam after being a Wimbledon champion? At the US Open, everybody was aware of you but now things have calmed down a bit and it's easier to deal with.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think - well, especially last year the US Open was a lot tougher for me. But with the conditions, I think the Australian is a lot tougher as well - mentally and physically it just drains you.

But, you know, in New York, you have all the buzz and excitement and the traffic. You know, tennis is like the last thing sometimes on your mind when you're in New York, you know. You have to get yourself focused.

But I've always said that I thought the Australian was always the hardest Grand Slam for me.

Q. The heat and those sort of things, do you feel if you play one of the other top players, you have an advantage or they have an advantage, or is there something you don't like about the heat?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's something that I've been working on, you know. I haven't had the experience of playing so many matches in the dead heat, especially a Grand Slam. So I've - you know, I've been learning, I've been working really hard. In the off-season, that was one thing that I wanted to work on. I was thinking in the back of my mind that when it's going to be hot in Australia, that I'm going to be fresh as a daisy.

Q. Serena said she thinks it's a piece of cake compared to the summer in Florida with the heat and humidity. She said it's worse than the heat here. Do you agree?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I've spent a lot of time in Los Angeles as well, so I'm not in Florida as much as in the summer especially, so...
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Maria said that Lindsay Lee-Waters played with two hands on both sides! However, I can find no photographic evidence to support this claim, and the following photos show Mrs. Lee-Waters hitting one-handed forehands:
http://photo910.tripod.com/gkopihtm/l1345g7.htm
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050119/483/mel20101190835

I maintain a list of all known players who hit the balls with two hands on both sides:
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/seles/selesians.html

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andrewbroad
Jan 22nd, 2005, 04:12 AM
This is IMO a particularly charismatic, funny and insightful interview. I hope Big Maria will be proved right in what she says about Little Maria!

Source: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2005-01-21/200501211106304433980.html
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Maria Sharapova
Friday, January 21, 2005


M. SHARAPOVA/N. Li

6-0, 6-2

Q. Was that a nice workout for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was. I felt pretty good out there. I was hitting pretty solid, doing the right things, serving well, putting pressure on her.

Q. We don't see your father smiling very often. Was he smiling tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you know, if your daughter played, you know, I wouldn't see you smiling during her match so...

You know, he's very intense during my matches. Obviously, all parents want you to win. But off the court, you know, he's all smiles and joking around with me.

Q. Was your game where you wanted it to be tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I felt that I did everything I needed to do in order to win. You know, I was playing solid. I was concentrating very well. You know, the points that I needed to win, I won.

Q. What do you remember of the match that you lost in Rome with Silvia Farina?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I remember not being very patient with her. She was a very - she played a very good match that time and, you know, it was on clay. She definitely had the advantage there.

But, you know, but a lot of things have happened since then. So, you know, hopefully I can use my experience to, you know, to beat her.

Q. Have you seen her playing recently? Do you have a tactic, a strategy?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I always keep my tactics to myself.

Q. You say a lot of things have happened since then. Do you feel a different person from a year ago?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not as much a person, I feel more as a player. Definitely when I play top players, when I play seeded players, I know that, you know, I'm No. 4 in the world and when they see me in the draw they don't say, "Well, I really wanted to play her."

So, you know, I feel a bit of confidence in myself that I know that even if I'm playing, you know, a seeded player, somebody that's been on a roll, I know that I'm, you know - I've been in those situations as well and I know what to do and I feel more experienced.

Q. Did you hear the fan yell?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. In the second set, when the umpire made the warning to the crowd.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I heard someone said something. I didn't hear what he said.

Q. What do you make of the fuss about the sounds you make on the court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: God, this topic was over a long time ago.

Well, let's get back to 2004. And, well, what do I think? I don't think, that's my whole opinion. I don't think about, you know, what my mouth does when I play out there.

Q. We have to write something about you and Farina, so if you can tell us something more about Farina, what you think is her best stroke...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I really don't know what her best stroke is. I've only played her once, which is on clay. You know, I know she gets a lot of balls back, she's a fighter, and you can expect the best from her.

Does that help (smiling)?

Q. Do you remember you had a set point when you played against her?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I don't remember many of my matches, especially the ones I lost.

Q. In a big tournament like this, do you watch some television and see how other players are playing, or how other players are not playing so well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, when I have a break from schoolwork or if I'm feeling really, really bored, I'll watch tennis, yes. But that's it.

Q. Which is your favorite player to watch when you are not so bored?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I always like exciting matchups. I always loved when Agassi played Pete Sampras. I thought those were, you know, classic matches where you know the tennis is going to be unbelievable.

I don't, you know - there's no one in particular. Obviously, Roger is playing out of his mind right now and you'll never get bored watching him because he can come up with anything, anything you ask him to come up with.

As for the women, I don't really watch the women too much.

Q. Out of the many Russian girls that are around, which one are your best let's say friends?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maria Kirilenko.

Q. And out of the most famous ones?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: She's going to be famous.

Q. How did you develop the relationship with her?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I've known her for a long time because we played the same junior events in Europe under-14, I think. That's when we met up.

Q. Are you ever curious to know something more about Anna Kournikova? So many times they talk about, "You are the new Kournikova." I understand that you are not to come back to this subject, but are you curious about her life, about what she does outside tennis with Julio Iglesias and other things? Interesting or not?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'd actually like to learn more about myself (laughing).

Q. I just want to know if for yourself it's interesting.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, there are other - you know, I don't know why you just mentioned Anna. I mean, there are a lot of other people that are on the cover of People and Us every week.

Yeah, I like to read gossip, but not just particularly hers, you know. I like gossip, yeah, but...

But it's just a hobby, you know.
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andrewbroad
Jan 23rd, 2005, 11:54 PM
Source: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2005-01-23/200501231106467193405.html
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M. SHARAPOVA/S. Farina Elia
4-6, 6-1, 6-2

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria, please.

Q. Yesterday you didn't seem to remember much about Farina. What was the impression you had on her today? How difficult was this match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, she made me hit a lot of balls. At the beginning of the first set, I was trying to do I was trying to come in a little bit more, but I wasn't converting my volleys. I was making too many unforced errors at the beginning and I wasn't giving myself a chance to play my game.
Basically I was just letting her play her game and worrying about what she was doing. She played a solid, solid game. She hit great winners, you know, out of the court which sometimes were unexpected. But I hung in there and I thought I really fought well. This was a very important you know, being a break down in the second, early in the set, I thought it was a very it was a good job of me to get back into the match.

Q. What sorts of things were you saying to yourself when you went down that break early in the second to get yourself going?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I started concentrating a lot better than I did in the first. I just tried to tell myself just to keep fighting, to keep trying new things and just playing my game rather than worrying about what she was doing and how she was trying to play, and playing these games. Just thinking about what I should do.

Q. Were you surprised to have this big fight in the beginning?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I knew that it was going to be a very tough match. I expected that from her. When we played in Rome, I remember the first set was very tough and we had a lot of long points. With the surface being slower than the hard court, I knew that a lot of the points were going to be long and tough and she would get a lot of balls back. It was just going to be a good match.

Q. Was there a key moment? Do you think the second game of the second set or later?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, it was an important moment. It was one of the important moments of the match. I was actually down in the second game, too, I remember. I think she had a few game points to go up 2-0. There's a big difference between being a set down and 2-0, and being a set down and 1 All when you're back on serve. So it was a very important game.
But in the third, there were a lot of crucial moments and it could have gone any way, so...

Q. How do you feel about the next round against Kuznetsova?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm excited. I know it's going to be another tough match. I'm prepared. We've played each other end of last year. She beat me once in Beijing, I beat her at the Championships. You're going to expect great things from her.
You know, I'm just excited to be in the quarters. I'm just going to go out like I've been going out and playing my game, having fun, enjoying it and fighting to win.

Q. Do you take any different approach playing other Russians?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. Would you say she was I guess you were the most surprising winner, but after you the most surprising winner of a Grand Slam last year? Would she be the second most surprising winner of a Grand Slam last year? Probably you and her were the most surprising of the four. Are you surprised she came through at the US Open like that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I actually wasn't surprised. I knew that she could she would be a top player, for sure, with her physical ability and her fitness and the way she fights for everything. I knew that, you know, she'd be able to accomplish many great things. I knew she would be a great player. So, you know, I don't know.
Maybe it was a bit unexpected, you know, to happen maybe early. But I'm sure, you know, she's worked for it.

Q. With her good results in doubles, do you think she's maybe the most all around, complete of all the Russian players?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely. She's had a lot of experience in the doubles. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm prepared to play singles and doubles at this point yet. It's a little just too much for me. But, yeah, she does seem like a complete player.

Q. You say it's slower than hard court. Will that suit her, the Rebound Ace?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, we will see. I don't know. I've never played against her on Rebound Ace. So we have to see.

Q. As the winner of Wimbledon, do you think your favorite surface is still grass or could be a hard court? Do you like clay or indoor?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I only like grass because you only get to play on it for two tournaments, which is only one month of the year. So it's just fun. It's different. I mean, of course, not everyone likes it. I obviously like it for some weird reason.
I think all surfaces have a different challenge. This one you just have to be very, very patient, especially on clay and hard court, and indoors is a bit faster. I mean, you're still going to play your opponent and you still know that your opponent's playing on the same surface. So, you know, I don't I try not to worry about what I'm playing on.

Q. Still if you had to dream to play the match of your life, where would you like to play it on?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'd probably play it on grass.

Q. If you are asked to play Fed Cup this year, would you play? What's your thinking on that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I definitely want to play Fed Cup in the future. You know, the future can be tomorrow, and the future can be in a few months, or the future can be in a few years. You know, I don't know at this point. I'm very, very interested. I'd love to play. I've never played. You know, I've played World Team Tennis, which is in a team, but obviously I've never gotten the opportunity to play, you know, with your compatriots, which is going to be really, really exciting for me. And I really want to do that, yeah.

Q. You made Asian tour after the US Open last year. From China to Korea to Tokyo. Could you tell us some impression of the Asian countries, especially to Japan?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I love coming back to Asia because all the people are so excited about athletes. They have such a passion especially I don't know for other sports, but I know for tennis, they have such a passion for the game. It's so exciting to see people so happy to see you. You know, it's very welcoming. It brings out the best in your game.
And different places, you know, in Asia are so beautiful. I love traveling, and I definitely think Asia is so different compared to anywhere in the world. It's very fun.

Q. Is there something which surprises you, something very different from your experiences?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, the food is very different (laughing). You have a lot of different things on the menu that are definitely not on the menu in other places in the world, yeah. But I like food, so I don't mind.
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faust
Jan 24th, 2005, 04:51 AM
i think she chose to play the match of her dream in grass because she became a champ in a grass court...

looks like shes really excited to play for the fed cup.

andrewbroad
Jan 26th, 2005, 05:21 AM
Source: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2005-01-25/200501251106645683474.html
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M. SHARAPOVA/S. Kuznetsova
4-6, 6-2, 6-2

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria, please.

Q. Match point there, how much did you have left in the tank?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just enough to win that match point, that's it.

Q. Do you get a sense of who was feeling the heat more, yourself or your opponent?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was hard to think about anything else except yourself. I was just trying to tell myself mentally just to get through it. I kept thinking back in my off season, you know, how hard it was when I was training physically, and I thought I couldn't go any more, but I knew that I had some more even though my body thought I didn't.
I remember those moments, and I just kept fighting, just trying to take as much time as I can and fight.

Q. At what point did you first start to feel sick or feel exhausted?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, from the beginning of the match, it was quite hot. I was a bit lazy at the beginning of the match. I didn't run for as many balls. I wasn't getting balls back that I could have got back. You know, I was making too many errors.
But the third set end of second set is when I think both of us started feeling the heat and feeling tired and wanted the points to go a lot quicker.

Q. Will your post match routine to recuperate change from what you normally do after this match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I'll definitely be drinking a lot of water and going to the bathroom every five minutes. But other than that, no.

Q. Where does it rank heat wise as far as matches you've played?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it is I've played in hot weather, but I've never played three sets in the hot weather, and I've never played the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in hot weather. So this is a first for me.
But like I said, you've got to start somewhere, you've got to learn, and you've got to find a way to get through it.

Q. Is it helpful to have a 10 minute break before the third set?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. It's very helpful because I thought both of us were you know, that's when we were starting to get a little tired and we wanted the points to go shorter, so we were going for our shots. And I think the quality of the tennis started to pick up once we took the break. Well, I felt like it did. I felt like after I got the break, my body cooled down a little bit.

Q. Do you think they should have it at other tournaments where heat can be as high as here?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think they do.

Q. Regarding the surface, Lleyton said it's as slow as clay. In the heat, did you feel it's very slow, it's like clay?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't worry about the surface when it's 35 degrees outside. That's the last thing on my mind.

Q. Is it too slow, the surface?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, if it's slow for me, it's slow for my opponent. So doesn't matter.
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faust
Jan 26th, 2005, 09:08 AM
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mentally strong huh...thinks not about outside but her game.

no1mariafan
Jan 27th, 2005, 01:53 PM
S. WILLIAMS/M. Sharapova

2‑6, 7‑5, 8‑6

Q. How did you let that one go?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I gave it all I had. You know, I played from my heart. You know, I didn't take my chances when I could. And that's what this game is about. If you don't take your chances, you lose.

Q. You played a lot of three‑set matches in the tournament. You had energy fluctuations in the third set. What was left in your tank? Were you tired?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's not an excuse for me. Of course, you're tired. You're in a semifinal of a Grand Slam, but when you get on the court you don't think about if you're tired or not.

In the third set you could see I was a little bit ‑‑ I wasn't moving as well as I was in the first and the second. But then, you know, I forgot about it and I just tried to do ‑‑ you know, just tried to play.

Q. What did Serena show you out there today on court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: What did she show me? Nothing.

Q. You think she played one of her better matches against you? How would you describe it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I thought it was a great match. I, you know, like I said, I gave it all I got and she gave it all she got. If you don't take your chances in this sport, you know... I mean, the match could have gone any way, and she took her chances and she played well when she needed to. And that's the difference.

Q. Would you say she played better than she played against you in Wimbledon and at the Masters today or not?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I think she got better as the match went on and she started to pick up her level. In the previous matches, I took my chances. In this match, she took her chances, and that's why she won.

Q. What do you think about when you think of the three matchpoints you had, each one, one by one?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: "Darn it." You know, this is not a sprint, it's a marathon. So I'm just riding along. I mean, of course I'm sad, and obviously it's a tough one lose. But I've got a long way ahead of me.

Q. Can you remember the last time you had three points in a match and lost?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not too many. Not too many to remember.

Q. Is there anything positive that you take out of your appearance here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course. I'm 17 years old and I got to the semifinals of the Australian Open. Nothing's negative.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the conditioning work you did over the winter.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Excuse me?

Q. The conditioning work you did over the winter, whether you thought that helped you particularly over the tournament?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I've said this before. Mainly in my off‑season I wanted to work on my physical aspect of the game. I wanted to make sure that I was ready for this heat and I was ready to play three‑set matches. And I actually surprised myself that I could actually come back and be in the semifinals already playing three three‑set matches, and then being in another one and being so close to winning and being in the final. You know, I'm really proud of myself.

Q. I understand you want to incorporate some yoga into your training? Can you talk about why you do that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I do yoga as a hobby when I have free time. It's good for stretching and good for the mind, makes you forget about the match you lost (laughing).

Q. Have you ever seen Serena grunt so loud?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I wasn't really paying attention so I don't know.

Q. You mentioned being 17. What areas of your game do you think you can improve in the years to come?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, what can I improve? Well, there are a lot of little things I can improve. I think physically is the most important. I still want to get more experience. You know, I'm not too keen on telling you what my game needs to improve.

Q. The players you play on tour, where do you rank Serena's competitiveness and fighting spirit?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think she's one of the best competitors out there. I mean, she's been in those situations when she was down in the third set, and out of nowhere she knows how to turn it around. And, again, that comes from experience, that comes from her fighting spirit.

But, you know, hopefully I'll learn and I'll improve.

Q. Does that knowledge cross your mind at all during the match, since you know that Serena has come back from deficits in matches before? Does that play on your mind a little bit?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not during. I think just to ease myself after a match, I try to find excuses (laughing).

No, no, I don't think about it during a match.

Q. Have you talked to your father and what has he said to you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, he says that I gave it all I had, that I shouldn't be sad about anything because I played with my heart. And he told me that it's not a sprint, it's a marathon. And it is.

Q. How do you rate Serena's chances now against Lindsay or Nathalie?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't care. I'm out of the tournament, so it doesn't matter anymore.

Q. Bit of consolation the fact that now you are the No. 1 Russian and that you are going to pass over Myskina?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I am? I don't know (shrugging).

Q. You don't care?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I'm not No. 1 yet. I've said that's my goal.

Q. Have you got any plan for tonight, I mean, for the rest of the day?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Take care of my body, get a massage and get ready for my next tournament, Tokyo.

Q. There's been talk about line calls in the last few days. Is there much talk in the locker room about the standard of calling in recent times?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not that I've known. No, not that I've heard of.

Q. Do you favor the move towards more technology?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I've never really thought about it. I mean, you know, it's sport. Sometimes you're going to get calls your way and sometimes you're not. I don't know. We've never had a camera in the umpire's chair showing the call, so I don't know what it would be like, obviously.

But if it can help, then, yeah, why not? But it has to be accurate.

Q. You players all have a good way of interpreting the other players' body language, looking at their physical condition, how they're breathing. Was there a point in this match you thought you pushed her over the edge and maybe she was about to not really give up, but maybe you were getting the best of her and physically she was not going to be up to doing what she had to do to stay with you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think it was important to not think about in what state she was. It was more important for me to figure out, you know, how strong I can be and if I can push myself rather than thinking about, you know ‑‑ obviously, body language tells you a lot. But I don't let people fool me. So I try not to look.

Q. Would you regard your rivalry with Serena now as the best in women's tennis?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, whenever we play, we always have exciting matches. So, yeah. You know, I always look forward to those tough ones.

Q. Were you aware that when you got broken in your first service game in the third set that you weren't grunting?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No idea. But thanks for letting me know.


Theres also a video interview, but it isnt working for me.

faust
Jan 29th, 2005, 02:34 AM
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looking forward for those tough ones... :lol:

super_shanus
Jan 31st, 2005, 07:34 AM
Indeed.. i have these in DVD quality if anyone would like them
hey iam just wondering if i can have those inverviws of sharapova at aus open thanks mate