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WIMBLY2004
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:39 PM
MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria, please.

Q. How much of a factor was the wind?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The conditions were definitely not easy. I knew it wasn't going to be the best tennis you would see from both of us. But I figured that I just had to get used to them quite quickly, and so did she.

But, you know, overall I didn't think it was the best match we could have played just because of the conditions, but it was an all right match.

Q. You would come back, there you were at 5‑All, 40‑15, then it all got away from you. What happened?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I didn't take that chance of holding my serve. That would have put some pressure on her, and she would be serving to stay in the second set.

But those are the chances that I still have to learn to take in my future matches. You know, she just managed to play a little bit better in those points, and I was a little bit sloppy and didn't have that extra boost.

Q. How much more difficult was it to hold serve on that one side?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: A lot harder, because she's got very powerful shots and you know if you don't make your first serve, then on the second serve you know that you're going to be attacked either way. So it puts a lot more pressure to make your first serve go in.

Q. Could you describe what the wind was doing out there, swirling, going in one direction or another?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it was swirling. It was not ‑‑ it was going in one direction but, you know, the ball moved, you know. It wasn't just going one way. When it was a slow ball, you'd see the ball move. You'd have to adjust really, really quick with your feet.

Q. Can you talk about Kim's comeback. She's a popular player among her peers. She's a nice person, everyone seems happy to have her back even though she's going to beat people. Can you talk about her being back in general.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think all of us, you know, when you're so, I guess, anxious to come back and not having played for such a long time, and actually maybe knowing that you might never play tennis again, I think she was very anxious to get back. And like she said, you know, she was still working very hard physically and trying to stay in shape so she was ready when she came back. That's obviously shown.

She has a great personality, so it's always good to have someone around like that. But also a great competitor on the court, which this game needs.

Q. Were you personally surprised after her comeback in Indian Wells that she could do it again, this constant good game for another tournament, win two in a row?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think the biggest surprise is that it was her 14th match, and I didn't feel like, you know, she was physically fatigued. You could see her running after every ball and giving it, you know, all she's got out there. She was recovering very well. After 14 matches, you know, I'm at least not at that point where I can do that.

She's a very strong girl, and physically, you know, she can play all day out there.

Q. How hard is to get a ball by Kim? You haven't played her in a while, but you play a lot of top players. Where does she rank in terms of being able to retrieve?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: She's definitely one of the top. Running her from corner to corner is like a piece of cake for her, which, for other players, can be ‑‑ is not very easy. So, I mean, you just have to expect that when you go out on the court, that she's going to get every ball back, and you have to be ready to play that extra shot.

Q. Was your movement on the backhand side a problem today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I'm naturally a lefty so when I run to that side, when I feel that I can't get it with two hands, I just hit it with one.

Q. You're a natural left‑hander?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm.

Q. Why did you start to play right‑handed?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. When I was younger I played with lefty, righty. I played with two hands on one side and finally decided to play with righty.

Q. One of the balls she did get back, with the overhead, got a great position on that ball. You neutralized but you wind up losing the point and that game. You got back into the match, but was that game a pivotal point in the result?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think there are many games in the first set that were very important. When it was 2‑All and I had a breakpoint, there were two very close calls that I think, you know, it's hard for me to say if they were in or out, but I thought that it could have given me an advantage. And also that shot, you know, she made me play an extra ball. It was windy, it's not easy to hit such a high overhead.

So, you know, little things here and there. I had my chances and I just didn't take them. You know, if it's a little luck, a little lack of energy or whatever it might have been, you know, she just ended up being the better player.

Q. Can you just talk emotionally about the level of disappointment.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I'm not really disappointed. I think I've had a great week. After having such a terrible match at Indian Wells, I think I bounced back really well and I performed well and I fought out there, and I gave it all I got for this match. Unfortunately, you can't win every single match, and I hope that people respect that.

So, you know, one day, this is life; you're going to have good moments, you're going to have bad. That's the way life is.

Q. Three crucial matches with Serena, Lindsay and now Kim, you don't come out on top of any of those. Where do you place yourself now in the general pecking order of women on the tour?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think you're just mentioning the matches that I lost. I think, I mean, against Justine I was, you know, I lost the second set and I was able to come back and I won that match. Then against Venus, that wasn't an easy match. I was able to come back.

I mean, you know, I don't want to talk about the losses so much, but I guess, I don't know, every opponent is difficult, and we are all very competitive and we all want to win. So I don't know how I would rank myself among them. I mean, you look at the ranking, I guess the ranking doesn't lie.

Q. You can't tell because Kim is No. 17. We know she's not the 17th best player in the word.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, time will tell. In a few months you'll see what she is then. But it's hard when you come back and you don't play for so long. I mean, obviously she's not going to be 2 in the world right away. It's going to take time.

Obviously, from today's performance, she is a Top 5 player at this point, but, you know, on the ranking it doesn't show.

Q. You handled the conditions a lot better today than you did in Indian Wells. They were similar. What did you learn from Indian Wells for today's match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I adjusted better. I was moving my feet out there. You know, I thought I still could have moved a lot better. You know, when it's windy, you can't ‑‑ you're never going to play your best game. But I guess you just have to find a groove out there, find a way to win, I guess.

Q. Was this the worst wind conditions you've been in?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: One of the worst. I think Indian Wells was pretty bad as well. But, yeah, I think Indian Wells, it's more swirling. Here it's going to one side but it's still swirling.

Glad to hear that she is not very disappointed :hug:

Brαm
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:42 PM
Q. Was your movement on the backhand side a problem today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I'm naturally a lefty so when I run to that side, when I feel that I can't get it with two hands, I just hit it with one.

Q. You're a natural left‑hander?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm.

Q. Why did you start to play right‑handed?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. When I was younger I played with lefty, righty. I played with two hands on one side and finally decided to play with righty.
I didn't know she was a lefty!

Szymanowski
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:43 PM
What a nice gal;)

Szymanowski
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:45 PM
I didn't know she was a lefty!
I knew she used to do some weired thing about changing racquet hands, playing backhands as forehands with her left hand only. but I did not know this either! :eek: :D

Anyone know which hand she writes with?! :p

WIMBLY2004
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:45 PM
I didn't know she was a lefty!

She is, I remember I saw her playing table tennis with the left hand on TV.

lucashg
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:48 PM
Oh, she's a left-handed! So am I, one more point to Maria now, lol. She is handling her losses really well lately, without actually being so acceptive of it, so that's a good sign.

SilK
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:48 PM
that is a very mature interview.

I enjoyed reading it very much. She handles herself well. She gives credit to Clijsters and herself. It's good to hear here stay positive and not making up excuses for losing.

:yeah:

RenaSlam.
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:50 PM
Gracious and classy interview. Thanks for posting it.

No Name Face
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:52 PM
very classy...she annoys me on court with the screeching, but she really is growing on me. it's nice to see her so mature for her age...and the handshake at the net was very nice of her.

lucashg
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:54 PM
I knew she used to do some weired thing about changing racquet hands, playing backhands as forehands with her left hand only. but I did not know this either! :eek: :D

Anyone know which hand she writes with?! :p

She did that on this match, the commentator found weird, she obviously didn't know this.

I never really payed attention to see with which hand she writes, I guess it's with her left. Maybe in fansites or Getty they have pics of her signing autographs, that should answer.

jacobruiz
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:56 PM
What a great girl!:kiss: Always with a gracious and positive attitude!

Maria was somewhat ambidextrous when she was younger and some thought she should be a lefty but she (and they) decided early on that she she should use her right hand as the dominant one.

SelesFan70
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:56 PM
Seemed like a mature, in-control interview. Good for Maria. :)

Crazy Canuck
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:57 PM
Lefties who play right handed don't count :angel:

gmak
Apr 2nd, 2005, 08:59 PM
very classy interview indeed :yeah: :worship: :kiss:

and the hug in the end was lovely... very gracious!

gentenaire
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:01 PM
have to agree, this is a very nice interview

WIMBLY2004
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:01 PM
She did that on this match, the commentator found weird, she obviously didn't know this.

I never really payed attention to see with which hand she writes, I guess it's with her left. Maybe in fansites or Getty they have pics of her signing autographs, that should answer.

She writes with her left :rolleyes: , maybe she is ambidextrous, not actually a lefty.

Pengwin
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:05 PM
I didn't know she was a lefty!

Mauresmo is too :worship:

Sash1
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:14 PM
Q. Three crucial matches with Serena, Lindsay and now Kim, you don't come out on top of any of those. Where do you place yourself now in the general pecking order of women on the tour?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think you're just mentioning the matches that I lost. I think, I mean, against Justine I was, you know, I lost the second set and I was able to come back and I won that match. Then against Venus, that wasn't an easy match. I was able to come back.

I mean, you know, I don't want to talk about the losses so much, but I guess, I don't know, every opponent is difficult, and we are all very competitive and we all want to win. So I don't know how I would rank myself among them. I mean, you look at the ranking, I guess the ranking doesn't lie.

Q. You can't tell because Kim is No. 17. We know she's not the 17th best player in the word.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, time will tell. In a few months you'll see what she is then. But it's hard when you come back and you don't play for so long. I mean, obviously she's not going to be 2 in the world right away. It's going to take time.

Obviously, from today's performance, she is a Top 5 player at this point, but, you know, on the ranking it doesn't show.


I thought those questions were not really nice... good to see Maria handled them well..

Zippy
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:15 PM
MARIA SHARAPOVA: She (Kim)has a great personality, so it's always good to have someone around like that. But also a great competitor on the court, which this game needs.

I thought that was very nice. To hear (or see in this case) a competitor say that about another competitor is truely awesome. Very sweet. Very good interview from Masha. :)

starr
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:46 PM
Tremendously gracious interview with a maturity that belies her years, imo.

Nothing about beating herself, nothing about playing below her normal level, nothing dismissive of her opponent. It was very well done. :)

I hope to see Maria and Kim play in many more finals. :)

zuluagafan
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:58 PM
she really annoys me on court sayin 'common' on others player's mistakes

the only thing i like about he is her personality outside of the court shes really nice

Lemonskin.
Apr 2nd, 2005, 10:19 PM
Only her second loss in a final, innit?

~Rachel~
Apr 2nd, 2005, 10:30 PM
Very mature, gracious interview from Maria :D


Mauresmo is too :worship:

Huh? I've never heard that before :shrug:

Can anyone else confirm?

Junex
Apr 2nd, 2005, 10:33 PM
I was so upset with this lost, how i wish Maria had won this one.

But Maria always givesme a reason to be delighted even when she lost, like in Indian Wells, her post match interview is very positive and gracious. For a fan it gives somewhat of an assurance that her lost is nothing but a part of the game that somehow she will bounce back immediately and perform better and better after every lost!

Maria your the best and greatest out there (well obviously, 2nd to my Justine) off and on the court!


Can someone post for me her actual points in the race now? please...

Szymanowski
Apr 2nd, 2005, 10:35 PM
i think that's true re:mauresmo;)

ceiling_fan
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:17 PM
Mature interview indeed... But she said "after that terrible match in IW...." but in a previous interview she had 'forgotten' about the match... and claimed to have wn 6-0 6-0

Filadidas
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:22 PM
I really dunno why some people say that Maria is arrogant and always have negative comments on her!!!!! :o

She is a mature-minded girl and a great tennis player! :)

New
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:26 PM
Great interview from Maria!! Plenty of good words from her about Kim and not much excuses given for losing!!

Hope she wins soon!!! :)

tennnisfannn
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:36 PM
if maria called it what it really was, would that make her arrogant? For instance her loss against lindsay, she never really did say much about it but the reality is, she was very low in energy, no way would a player like her lose love and love even if lindsay playe her mind out. Personally i like to hear players tell it like it is. on a windy day like this, whoever masters the condition better deserves a win.

Stamp Paid
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:42 PM
Masha, so gracious. :hearts:

charmedRic
Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:22 AM
that is a very mature interview.

I enjoyed reading it very much. She handles herself well. She gives credit to Clijsters and herself. It's good to hear here stay positive and not making up excuses for losing.

:yeah:

Ditto.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:29 AM
Me and Maria have something in common. I'm a natural lefty too, but play all sports right handed. I don't know if Maria was forced to play right handed, but I was...and it sucks...because who knows how much better at tennis I could've been.

LindsayRocks89
Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:37 AM
gosh Maria, even though i get mad at you for always winning, its hard not to love you :hearts:

very gracious.

Dan23
Apr 3rd, 2005, 01:59 AM
She writes with her left :rolleyes: , maybe she is ambidextrous, not actually a lefty.
Great interview Masha and she writes right handed :D



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jenglisbe
Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:13 AM
MARIA SHARAPOVA
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think the biggest surprise is that it was her 14th match, and I didn't feel like, you know, she was physically fatigued. You could see her running after every ball and giving it, you know, all she's got out there. She was recovering very well. After 14 matches, you know, I'm at least not at that point where I can do that.
That was an honest and humble answer :)
Q. Three crucial matches with Serena, Lindsay and now Kim, you don't come out on top of any of those. Where do you place yourself now in the general pecking order of women on the tour?
What a lame question, and Maria handled it well. He left out that Maria beat Serena at both Wimbledon and the year-end event, and that she beat Lindsay in a Tier 1 final this year :rolleyes:

mr_zebra
Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:14 AM
Total, Total Class.
Her and Kim, both, stand way over the other players in Class.

Jakeev
Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:43 AM
Wow what an incredibly positive thread......very nice to see people giving her props......

Better luck next time Maria....:kiss:

nysaga
Apr 3rd, 2005, 04:40 AM
she really annoys me on court sayin 'common' on others player's mistakes

the only thing i like about he is her personality outside of the court shes really nice

u kidding me? on one point Kim said common too like Lleyton does. They all want to win and anything that pumps their game up is good for viewers.

ceiling_fan
Apr 3rd, 2005, 04:54 AM
players commonly say 'cmon', but i've never heard them say common, that's new for me :lol"

mboyle
Apr 3rd, 2005, 04:58 AM
I think only a peak Serena can beat Maria without swirling winds, at this point. However, tennis is not played inside a vaccum, so Maria does need to learn how to play in wind. She's learning though. Last week it was 0-6 0-6. This week it was 3-6; 5-7 in a tougher matchup for Maria. She was moving her feet a bit more, but still not nearly enough. Kim was much better at it.

anabolix
Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:07 AM
nice interview........

She really has it together for someone so young.

This is the kind of interview that Monica Seles might have given.

I was equally impressed with how she faced up to the drubbing that she got in Indian Wells. She made no excuses, said how well lindsay played and never let it get to her too obviously.

Well done.

@m@nd@
Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:15 AM
kool interview :)
glad to see her not that disappointed

wta whore 79
Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:50 AM
She's a very humble girl, which I really appreciate. However, I have no idea what she means with her "natural lefty" comment. Seriously, obviously she writes right-handed. It just seemed like she was trying to push the myth and propaganda that Mary Joe tells us every time she plays. Yeah, she can do a good lefty forehand if she has to. That doesn't make her left-handed. Seriously.

So happy that Kimmie won and got me some badly-needed vCash! I think Clijsters is going to dominate this year. She's an amazing talent.

hingis-seles
Apr 3rd, 2005, 06:04 AM
Me and Maria have something in common. I'm a natural lefty too, but play all sports right handed. I don't know if Maria was forced to play right handed, but I was...and it sucks...because who knows how much better at tennis I could've been.

Margaret Court was a natural lefty, forced to play right-handed. She won the Grand Slam in 1970, 24 GS singles titles and the most GS titles (combined singles, doubles, mixed) of any player in history. Imagine how much better she could have been.

Sharapova's_Boy
Apr 3rd, 2005, 06:11 AM
Maria :hearts: Gracious as always.

Dinkie
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:12 AM
I really dunno why some people say that Maria is arrogant and always have negative comments on her!!!!! :o

That's because when she is being interviewed her media training shows. She learned at the Academy how to deal with the press. That's called acting, her true nature shows on court.

Jakeev
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:18 AM
That's because when she is being interviewed her media training shows. She learned at the Academy how to deal with the press. That's called acting, her true nature shows on court.

I was waiting for the nitwit poster who would come up with something stupid and sarcastic and this Dingbat did not disappoint.

hablo
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:24 AM
Mauresmo is too :worship:

really?? damn!! :eek:

fifiricci
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:30 AM
I thought this was a very gracious interview, I put her in the same class as Amelie and Lindsay. Top class, unlike some others I could mention. Well done Maria, her time will come, soon I think. She's gonna be a big threat to everyone on the tour.

ans
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:32 AM
She was really nice on and apparentely also off the court and at the net.

Her father was quite calm too this time, he was clapping and smiling.

Andy.
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:52 AM
Great interview as always

Maria Croft
Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:36 AM
That's because when she is being interviewed her media training shows. She learned at the Academy how to deal with the press. That's called acting, her true nature shows on court.

her true nature ?? you know nothing !! Good interview from Maria !!

Szymanowski
Apr 4th, 2005, 01:58 PM
Me and Maria have something in common. I'm a natural lefty too, but play all sports right handed. I don't know if Maria was forced to play right handed, but I was...and it sucks...because who knows how much better at tennis I could've been.
dya reckon Maria would be a better player if she'd learned left handed?

I think if it was harder for her to learn left handed, the fact that she's had to put in all that extra effort has probably done nothing to harm her; it's probably improved her grit and determination; something like this can either make or break an up and comming player. The fact she's #3 at the moment means it didn't really break her, so I reckon she's doin fine:p

moby
Apr 4th, 2005, 02:56 PM
Margaret Court was a natural lefty, forced to play right-handed. She won the Grand Slam in 1970, 24 GS singles titles and the most GS titles (combined singles, doubles, mixed) of any player in history. Imagine how much better she could have been.

Maureen Connolly was a lefty playing right-handed too. She was the first woman to win the Grand Slam, I think. :worship:

Are we on to something here?!? Was Steffi originally left handed too?!?! :eek: