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~Rachel~
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:35 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Asagoe
6‑1, 6‑2
An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria, please.

Q. How did you see the match today inside the court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I thought it went well. I was ready for a tough match because the last time I played her, which was in Tokyo, we had a really good second set, which could have gone either way. So I knew I had to be ready this time.

But I thought I did everything pretty well. I served well when I needed to, and I broke her.

Q. Would you like to have a more challenging match in this tournament?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think even ‑‑ it just seems like the score has been really easy. I think I've gotten a few challenges in a few games.

I'd rather win like this than have tough matches and physically be ‑‑ feel a little weak next round.

Q. I'm sure that you expect to win this tournament. Do you feel like it's a revenge of Indian Wells maybe?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think about it as revenge. I just think about it as another tournament in which I want to perform really well and hopefully win.

Q. What happened in that match, what do you feel inside, what happened inside you in that match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was two things: One was that it just wasn't my day. I just wasn't able to find a way to fight, which I usually do even when I'm down, you know, a set and a break or two breaks. I usually find a way to open the door, and I don't think I found a chance to do that at all.

And one thing was that Lindsay was just playing too good, and I wasn't playing well at all. So, you know, when your opponent's hitting winners off both sides, it's hard to find a rhythm. Plus you're making errors when you get a chance to win a point. You know, that's not a great combination, so...

Q. Was it your confidence at some moment in the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It wasn't about confidence. I felt pretty good going into the tournament. I had a big record, I won two titles before the tournament. It was nothing. I think it was just the day. It was just not my day, I mean. It's over, I don't really want to look back anymore.

Q. Who are your toughest opponents that you see in the tournament now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't. I just try to focus one match at a time. I don't really try to focus on who I might play in the final or whatever. I think every opponent can be a challenge. You just have to be mentally and physically ready for it.

Q. I don't know if you answered this already, but were you aware that your countrywomen both just lost, Kuznetsova and Myskina?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I had no idea.

Q. You feel like you're holding the banner for Russia today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I hope so.

Q. What does that tell you about the depth of the talent on the tour, when two Grand Slam champions go down on the outside courts in the same day?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you can't win every single day, that's just a fact. You know, it's impossible to win every single match, and it's one of those days where, you know, they lost. And, I mean, everyone's going to have a moment like that. There's only one winner in a tournament. So out of how many people in this draw, they're all going to be considered losers and only one's the winner. Unfortunately, that's just the sport we're in where, you know, you're either the winner, but the chance of that is slim, you know (laughing).

Q. I guess Kim Clijsters is a dangerous floater? ( :tape: )

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she's definitely back. She just won a title and is playing some great tennis. But, you know, after what she's been through and being injured so long, it's great to see her back.

Q. It's possible the Williams sisters will meet in the next round. Before you were like, you know, doing so well, as a fan, did you look forward to those matches, and do you feel like maybe the interest is not quite there as it used to be?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: To tell you the truth, I could care less (laughing). There are other things that I'm more worried about than that. :lol:

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SJW
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:38 PM
just had to bring up the Williams sisters didn't they :tape:

and why do Americans say "i could care less"...surely "i couldn't care less" makes more sense :confused: that's what we say over here....

good luck to her in the next round...provided she doesn't play Alicia that is :hearts:

Paldias
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:40 PM
Oh god...when Serena wins her match, some person is going to probably swap around some of the words in her sentence and say that "Sharapova doesn't give a damn about you" and there's going to be a big brawl....oh god....:scared:

wta whore 79
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:41 PM
It's supposed to be "couldn't care less". But, hey she is only 17 and English isn't her first language (although I hear she speaks Russian with an English accent). I didn't care for that diss of the sisters Williams.

Knizzle
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:43 PM
It's supposed to be "couldn't care less". But, hey she is only 17 and English isn't her first language (although I hear she speaks Russian with an English accent). I didn't care for that diss of the sisters Williams.

Has nothing to do with English being her second language, we just say it like that here.

bandabou
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:51 PM
The williams-williams question wasn't really relevant in this interview...

wta whore 79
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:53 PM
Has nothing to do with English being her second language, we just say it like that here.

Um, we do? Talk about being presumptuous. I'm American and I say it correctly. ("couldn't care less")

fifiricci
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:53 PM
:lol: Kim the dangerous "floater", the curse of sewrage systems the world over! :devil:

densuprun
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:55 PM
Why would she care about the match that doesn't even determine who would she play in the next round? but only later?
Don't forget she is not a fan, she rarely watches women tennis, conjecturing about possible results in other halves and quarters is of little interest to her. She is a competitor first and foremost and as such she has to concentrate on her next game, nothing else.

Elldee
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:57 PM
I've noticed most people say I could care less, whether that makes sense or not their tone tends to get the point across.

I think she should have answered the question properly, they weren't asking her about the match but about fans opinions of it, she should have just said 'yeah, it'll be a great match and hopefully I'll get to see it'.

I like the credit she gives opponents.

Knizzle
Mar 28th, 2005, 08:58 PM
Um, we do? Talk about being presumptuous. I'm American and I say it correctly. ("couldn't care less")

If your speaking in slang you will probably say, could care less. Not everyone feels the need to speak proper English 24/7.

wta whore 79
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:01 PM
If your speaking in slang you will probably say, could care less. Not everyone feels the need to speak proper English 24/7.

I see you are one of these people. Is that why you used "your" incorrectly?

fifiricci
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:04 PM
I see you are one of these people. Is that why you used "your" incorrectly?

:lol:

I have to admit that I have no idea what "could care less" means. I'm a Brit with English as first language (or I just talk crap, I'll just get that in to pre-empt any catty replies, no need for handbags tonight girls and boys) and I never hear this expression in common usage ...................

Tati & Dani
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:05 PM
Q. I don't know if you answered this already, but were you aware that your countrywomen both just lost, Kuznetsova and Myskina?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I had no idea.

i guess she was thinking in herself: Yippie !!!

SJW
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:06 PM
*dances at the thought of a grammar thread*

Knizzle
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:10 PM
I see you are one of these people. Is that why you used "your" incorrectly?

Yeah I am one of those people and no I just made a mistake while typing. It happens.

Oneofakind0490
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:12 PM
Why does the press always ask Serena about Maria and Maria about Serena? They obviously don't care about each other.

mykarma
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:14 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Asagoe
6‑1, 6‑2
An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria, please.

Q. How did you see the match today inside the court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I thought it went well. I was ready for a tough match because the last time I played her, which was in Tokyo, we had a really good second set, which could have gone either way. So I knew I had to be ready this time.

But I thought I did everything pretty well. I served well when I needed to, and I broke her.

Q. Would you like to have a more challenging match in this tournament?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think even ‑‑ it just seems like the score has been really easy. I think I've gotten a few challenges in a few games.

I'd rather win like this than have tough matches and physically be ‑‑ feel a little weak next round.

Q. I'm sure that you expect to win this tournament. Do you feel like it's a revenge of Indian Wells maybe?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think about it as revenge. I just think about it as another tournament in which I want to perform really well and hopefully win.

Q. What happened in that match, what do you feel inside, what happened inside you in that match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was two things: One was that it just wasn't my day. I just wasn't able to find a way to fight, which I usually do even when I'm down, you know, a set and a break or two breaks. I usually find a way to open the door, and I don't think I found a chance to do that at all.

And one thing was that Lindsay was just playing too good, and I wasn't playing well at all. So, you know, when your opponent's hitting winners off both sides, it's hard to find a rhythm. Plus you're making errors when you get a chance to win a point. You know, that's not a great combination, so...

Q. Was it your confidence at some moment in the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It wasn't about confidence. I felt pretty good going into the tournament. I had a big record, I won two titles before the tournament. It was nothing. I think it was just the day. It was just not my day, I mean. It's over, I don't really want to look back anymore.

Q. Who are your toughest opponents that you see in the tournament now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't. I just try to focus one match at a time. I don't really try to focus on who I might play in the final or whatever. I think every opponent can be a challenge. You just have to be mentally and physically ready for it.

Q. I don't know if you answered this already, but were you aware that your countrywomen both just lost, Kuznetsova and Myskina?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I had no idea.

Q. You feel like you're holding the banner for Russia today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I hope so.

Q. What does that tell you about the depth of the talent on the tour, when two Grand Slam champions go down on the outside courts in the same day?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you can't win every single day, that's just a fact. You know, it's impossible to win every single match, and it's one of those days where, you know, they lost. And, I mean, everyone's going to have a moment like that. There's only one winner in a tournament. So out of how many people in this draw, they're all going to be considered losers and only one's the winner. Unfortunately, that's just the sport we're in where, you know, you're either the winner, but the chance of that is slim, you know (laughing).

Q. I guess Kim Clijsters is a dangerous floater? ( :tape: )

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she's definitely back. She just won a title and is playing some great tennis. But, you know, after what she's been through and being injured so long, it's great to see her back.

Q. It's possible the Williams sisters will meet in the next round. Before you were like, you know, doing so well, as a fan, did you look forward to those matches, and do you feel like maybe the interest is not quite there as it used to be?

[QUOTE]MARIA SHARAPOVA: To tell you the truth, I could care less (laughing). There are other things that I'm more worried about than that. :lol: I'm so happy Maria made that statement and not Serena. All hell would have broke loose on these boards.

harloo
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:20 PM
I'm so happy Maria made that statement and not Serena. All hell would have broke loose on these boards.

You ain't even lying! Oops excuse my grammar:tape:

xan
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:30 PM
Maria is just being careful not to be drawn into making comments about the Williamses. The press want to stir something up there - so she won't be drawn.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:47 PM
I don't think Sharapova was trying to diss the sisters honestly. She was just avoiding being drawn in by the interviewers bait.

Andy Mac
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:48 PM
:haha: marias great...and its true...she prob cuddnt care less about them right now...shes jsut focus'd on winning this tourney!

Edward.
Mar 28th, 2005, 09:52 PM
At least this interview was a little better. No ridiculous questions asking if Maria used to be a ball girl. :rolleyes:

Alan
Mar 28th, 2005, 10:11 PM
:lol: Kim the dangerous "floater", the curse of sewrage systems the world over! :devil:

hahaha!!! that's the first thing that came into my mind! :lol:

~Rachel~
Mar 28th, 2005, 10:41 PM
:lol: Kim the dangerous "floater", the curse of sewrage systems the world over! :devil:

:lol: I wondered whether many people would understand my :tape:

Maybe it's a Brit thing?

lucashg
Mar 28th, 2005, 10:50 PM
Maria's getting better at her interviews, she just seems to be very nice about everybody and tries to be polite about the stupid questions that are asked. Of course she still takes too seriously the rivalry the media wants to create between her and Serena, but that's ok. She seems a bit more mature now.