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roger_maria4ever
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:03 PM
when are today's interviews going to be published? do u guys know?

doni1212
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:06 PM
Since your fave lost, I'm going to help you out here. Her video interview has been posted since around the time she lost.
Go to www.usopen.org and find the video player. Her name is under interviews for day 6.

goldenlox
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:07 PM
Here's some of Sharapova


"I don't feel like I had that belief that I usually do," Sharapova said. "I don't know whether I put a lot of pressure on myself coming into this event, because I felt like I was starting to play a lot better. I felt really good physically. I felt healthy. It just wasn't there. I don't know if it was a combination of the circumstance or the wind or the opponent playing well. I don't know what it was. I just didn't quite feel like me out there."
There is very little that Sharapova can take out of this season, especially at the Grand Slams, where she has underperformed in all her losses. She was never in her matches against Serena in Australia, against Ivanovic in Paris, or against Venus Williams at Wimbledon. Then she handed Radwanska, and 18-year-old who keeps rats for pets, a delicious piece of cheese to snack on.
"Clearly it hasn't been my best year," Sharapova said. "But that's the way things go. I got to take the good and I got to take the bad and I got to move on, just keep working hard, and someday the work that I did before this tournament, beginning of the year, whenever it was, it's going to pay off. You just to have to move on. I have a whole future ahead of me. I'm not going throw myself a pity party here."
Now she'll have to put up strong results in Stuttgart, Zurich and Linz in order to qualify for the season-ending Sony Ericsson WTA Championships, because she'll drop hundreds of points with this U.S. Open and has only won one title (San Diego) this year. By the end of the Open, it's conceivable that her ranking could drop to No. 6. She's put her own back firmly up against the wall. Now Maria and Yuri, as well as her touring coach, Michael Joyce, will have to hold a summit meeting to find out how she could come into a tournament she dominated last year, play incredibly well in her first two matches, and then lose all sense of herself against an opponent who is not without talent, but not close to Sharapova's level. Even though she still has a number of areas she needs to improve upon, the loss had little to do with stroke production, and everything to do with mental acuity.

roger_maria4ever
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:19 PM
Since your fave lost, I'm going to help you out here. Her video interview has been posted since around the time she lost.
Go to www.usopen.org and find the video player. Her name is under interviews for day 6.
thanx for your compasion:tape: , my audio is not working that's why I'm waiting for it to be published;)

doni1212
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:28 PM
thanx for your compasion:tape: , my audio is not working that's why I'm waiting for it to be published;)

Ok, :yeah:

LeRoy.
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:30 PM
Maria Sharapova (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/bios/ws/wtas961.html)
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Transcribed InterviewA. RADWANSKA/M. Sharapova

6-4, 1-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Just talk about the last six games because it seemed like everything just fell part.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, although I won many games in a row after losing the first and being down 1-0, you know, you'd think I'd have the momentum in the third set with a break. But I just didn't really feel that way inside of me for some reason today. You know, just going to have those kind of days where you're always trying to come through and always trying to find a way even though you don't feel like things are exactly going your way. You know, that's just what happens.
Q. Can you talk about how much of this match was about you not being there 100 percent or was it more about her just playing great?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You got to give her a lot of credit for finishing the match and winning it. A lot of girls in her position on a big stage in a big stadium against a top player sometimes get a little nervous. She held on there, and all the credit to her for winning the match.
Q. Did you feel like you were not there this morning before the match or was it just sort of as it got underway?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There's no excuses. It's not like today I stepped out on the wrong side of the bed or I did something differently. Like I said, I'm going to have these types of days where although I might be up a break in the third set, but it just doesn't go my way.
Q. With the serve was the wind playing a factor with the toss, and was she a little bit distracting when she's kind of dancing around?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't worry about what my opponent is doing. You know, I just worry about what I have to do. The conditions were obviously different than the other two matches that I've played. But I'm not going to say I lost the match because it was windy or because she was doing something and I was not.
Q. You played her one other time this year. Is there something about her game that you think is tough for you that makes the matches closer?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's hard to say because the last match was on clay and it was my first tournament back, you know, after being away from the game for a few months. It's difficult to say. Definitely a tough opponent. You know, she gets a lot of balls back and makes you work for the points. You know, but I mean, I have to look at today's match and see what I could have done differently in order win it. I know the mistakes I made. But today I just made those mistakes and you just hope that next time it doesn't happen.
Q. After the first set, did you adjust your game at all because you came out so strong in the second set?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, I guess I stepped in the court a little bit more. But even though -- I just -- I don't know. I don't feel like I had that belief that I usually do. I don't know whether I put a lot of pressure on myself coming into this event, because I felt like I was starting to play a lot better. I felt like physically -- I felt really good. You know, I felt healthy. Yeah, I don't know. It was just -- it's tough to say.
Q. Did you feel upset that the audience applauding your opponents?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, she was an underdog coming into the match, and you have to understand that the underdog is the girl that's playing well against the top players are always going get applause. That's part of the game. That is normal in any sport.
Q. How is your shoulder?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's fine.
Q. Given how well you struck the ball in the first two rounds, didn't you think maybe at some point in the third set your feeling for the ball would come back?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You would think so, yeah. You wait for it, yeah. It just wasn't there. Like I said, you always try to find a way to, you know -- even though I won a lot of consecutive games, even though I was up a break, I just didn't feel -- I don't know if it was a combination of the circumstance or the wind or the opponent playing well. I don't know what it was. I just didn't quite feel like me out there.
Q. What's the emotion now, the defending champion and sort of an earlier exit than you wanted?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's always tough. No matter if you lose in the semis, whatever round it is. But especially being the defending champion, it's tough. Definitely not an easy day at the office for me. But, you know, it's -- I could sit here all day long and come up with excuses and say how bad I played. But at the end of the day my opponent won the match and I lost it. Better go on from here. Clearly it hasn't been my best year. Just hasn't been my year. But that's the way things go. I got take the good and I got take the bad and I got move on, just keep working hard, and someday the work that I did before this tournament, beginning of the year, whenever it was, it's going to pay off. I'm not worried about that.
Q. Have you ever had an opponent move that far up close to the service line on your second serves?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's really not about what the opponent does because the ball's in your hands. It's up to you to go out there and serve. I don't usually don't think about where my opponent's standing or not.
Q. We asked her about that, and she said Maria Sharapova didn't like it, did that as a tactic to try to throw you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It will be interesting to see if she does it again next time I play her.
Q. Your dad left after 5-3 in the third set.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, he didn't. He was there.
Q. At that point, did you pretty much know at the change that nothing's working for me?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Throughout the match, like I said, it just didn't, you know, it didn't feel steady. You know, whether -- but, I mean, until the last point is played, you can't really think negatively. You know, no matter how bad things are going, you'll always try to be positive about it, even though it was quite difficult to be.
Q. What did you your father tell you after the match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, I just talked to my team a little bit. It's tough to say because it's not like they're going to say, You should have hit this or you should have done that. You know, it's tough to correct something a few minutes after you just lost a match. Like I said, you just to have move on. I have a whole future ahead of me. I'm not going throw myself a pity party here.
Q. How long does it take to you recover?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: We'll see. Every loss is difficult. But I don't know. I'll tell you at the next tournament. It's tough to say.
Q. Despite all your off court success, you've always been very good at directing yourself, and you enjoy the winning so much on the court. Does a campaign like this year make you feel even more that hunger going forward?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: In the future, you mean?
Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sure. That's what I play for. I play to go in the Grand Slams and compete, and I've done it before and I've won two and I know I can do it again. There is no doubt about it. Just because today things didn't go my way and I lost, I'm not going to put my head down and think that I know that that's it. Could have easily gone my way today. She could have started playing worse or I could have played better, but today was just today. I've got to forget it. I'm looking forward to next year. This year is not done. There's no Grand Slam this year, but, you know, I still have a few tournaments to play. There's always years to come.
Q. Does she have what it takes to win a major do you think?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you know, I think with experience, experience is definitely going to her with every year. She's going to grow as a player. She's going to be -- her game will become more mature. She'll improve a lot things in her game, you know, her serve. I definitely think her second serve is her weakness right now. I'm sure as she plays more tougher matches she'll learn and she'll be a better playing. For sure she has that chance. See if she takes it or not.
Q. What happened to your second serve today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, it's a combination of everything. Like I said, what happened to all my shots today? I could sit here and try to think, What happened? I could blame the wind and blame my opponent, but I'm not going to find reasons why one shot didn't work today and her shots did.
Q. When pro tennis was really getting started, it was so much about the tennis. It's really grown into such a massive industry and entertainment and the glamour side. When you were growing up, did you ever anticipate how much the emphasis would be on the business side and the exposure and all the great opportunities? Do the players just take this for granted now, that it's really a business?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, once you get on court, for a tennis player, it is all about the tennis. But I mean, you have to realize that people see you as entertainers. When you go to a concert and you see someone perform, you paid your money to see someone perform and see them do what they do best. That's why you spent the amount of money you did on that ticket. So you realize, I mean, when you're growing up I had no idea what would come with -- you don't know what's going to come with a tennis career. You don't know what's going to come with fame until you actually get there and those things come to you and you actually explore them. But you really don't know until you actually get there. There's a whole other world to it.
Q. Your comfortable that though right, and being a role model?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's tough being a role model, because when I was growing up I never really had a role model because I never thought that anyone was perfect. So it's tough to hear when kids do say that, you know, I want to be like Maria Sharapova. I say, No you don't. Because I'm not perfect. You know, I might be good at some things but I might not be good at other things. You want to strive for the best. You want to try to be the best. So, you know, so that's what's a little strange is that when kids do come up to me and say, I want to be just like you. I'm like, Okay.
Q. What are you not perfect at?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There are a few things, but I'll keep them to myself.
Q. There were rumors that you're thinking about not playing for Russia anymore and playing for U.S.; is that true?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's not true.
Q. Do you feel shocked a little bit?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.
Q. What's the feeling overall going on inside you right now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's disappointment. There's no happiness, I'll tell you that. I mean, look, at the end of the day it really is a just tennis match. You know, some days you win and some days you lose. Some days you lose in the finals and some days you lose in the third round and some days you lose in the first round. You just never know how it's going to play out. Sometimes you work really hard for something and you get it when you want it, and sometimes you work really hard and you don't get it. You never know when God's going to bring down those gifts. So I'm waiting for those Christmas gifts.

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LeRoy.
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:33 PM
Agnieszka Radwanska (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/bios/ws/wtaqk22.html)
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Transcribed InterviewA. RADWANSKA/M. Sharapova

6-4, 1-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Which game decide about the match? 4-2?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah. I think so. I think it was 4-2. It was so long game. She was serving. But it's hard to say. Every game was so long and was so tough, every point. After match point I believe that I won this match.
Q. You have excellent fitness. Can you tell us a little bit about how you train?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Normally like every player. I'm practicing around four hours a day in Poland. So not in some tennis academy. So it's normal.
Q. Two jurors from your generation win today. Did you think both of you would have an impact like this?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know. I hope so. My sister is playing here. So I think she can do it like in Wimbledon, so we will see.
Q. Right after Wimbledon, you went to play a challenger, was it in Italy? What did you play right after Wimbledon?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Which tournament?
Q. Uh huh.
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I was playing ITF 100. I was playing there because I get a wildcard. And I play Palermo also on the clay court, like a Tier IV. Then before US Open I was playing just New Haven before.
Q. Right after Wimbledon seems to be where your game really took off. You've only lost three matches since then.
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't understand. Sorry.
Q. Did you notice that she was very nervous out there?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Who?
Q. Did you notice Maria Sharapova was very nervous out there with her serve? Did you feel that she was nervous?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah. Because it was so windy, and against the wind it was very tough to serve. And also I have problem with my serve, but yeah, I think she make many mistakes and double faults so I think she was a little bit nervous.
Q. You were coming in very close, especially the second serve. Did you do that to try to maker more nervous?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah. I knew that she doesn't like if somebody is moving if she serving. She was also nervous with this, so I was trying to do something like this.
Q. What happened to you in the second set?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know actually. She destroyed me I think the second set (laughter). But then I woke up after this eight games in a row I lost. I just hit the ball and I made next six games.
Q. How were you able to do that? I mean, could get pretty discouraging to lose eight straight games. How were you able to turn it around?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: It was very tough because I didn't know what happened like this. I lost four my service games. So actually I didn't think about this. Just think about next games and next points. And it was like 3-2 for me and I just -- I was -- I feel a little bit better than in the second set and then I could believe that I could beat her.
Q. You played Maria Sharapova one other time this year. Horrible third set. Were you thinking a little bit about that match as you went into the third set today?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I mean, yeah. I play her once and I lost to her 6-Love in the third. But I had so many chances there, like it was very long games in the third set. I didn't use even one chance to break her and to win a game. But, yeah, here was different, you know. I just, yeah, was so long games if she was serving and finally I break her twice or three times.
Q. Were you always confident that you could stay with her from the baseline?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I mean, she's playing very well. Forehand and backhand is the same. She was serving well if not windy. But I just think I have to play like right left, and I have to hit also the ball, not just run, the chair umpires right there.
Q. How is it different, just the atmosphere when you're playing somebody like that, center court and playing Maria Sharapova? When you're going into the match and you first step on the court, is it different?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I mean, I was playing a few times at center court against top players but not on the center court like this. Against Maria Sharapova, and she won here last year. But I had nothing to lose. Just she was the favorite and I think she was more nervous. Yeah, I think -- I just played my game.
Q. There are not many great Polish players in this game. Who did you look up to as a child? I know that your father started you. But where was your inspiration coming from?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I mean, yeah, you're right, there's not so many Polish player. Just me I think (laughter) Top 100 is just, yeah, only me. I mean, it's hard to say. But I just, you know, my father is practicing with me 13 years already. And we just like family business. So nothing, I'm working with him, so we'll see. Maybe I will do something.
Q. Did you idolize any players?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah. Few years ago there was Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf, and Martina Hingis, and then she come back and she's always playing very well, yeah.
Q. Where do you train between tournaments?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: In Poland.
Q. Krakow?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah. At home.
Q. In Key Biscayne I talked to you a little bit and you were going take time off in May to take your final exams in school. Did you do that?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah, I did it.
Q. How did you do?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I did all the exams, so I did 5. Very happy with that also.
Q. So you're graduated?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah. It's good that I can do great result in tennis and I did everything in school and I just finished my school.
Q. Before today, what was the biggest occasion for you on a court with a lot of people watching?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know. I was thinking that everybody is going to be against me because she's a star, she's a top player. But after I think it was different. Like everybody was surprised something, you know, like somebody can beat the winner of last year. So I mean it was a great feeling. I was nervous on the center court.
Q. Tomorrow morning is a big newspaper day in the U.S., especially here in the tri state area. Your picture is going to be on the front page. How do you feel about that?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Good. Very good (laughter).
Q. Will you actually read the papers?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Not really. But in my hotel is all the time the newspapers are on my door so I always watching just the pictures. So maybe I will watch myself.
Q. This big win coming so early in the Open, how so you prepare for next week now?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know. For sure I watch my sister, and also I have mixed doubles tomorrow. And I lost on doubles yesterday, so just I think, yeah, I will play after tomorrow. So I'm just going practice like one hour, two times one hour.
Q. Twenty minutes ago your father told me that your victory today is for him like winning one hundred million dollars in lottery. What value has that victory for you?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I think the same. The same situation. Yeah, I couldn't believe after the last point. And yeah, before the match -- I mean yesterday, I spoke with my sister, if I will beat her, we will buy two Louis Vuitton bag, because is so expensive. And she was okay. If you do it, okay. And then she will come to locker room and, okay, now we're going who Louis Vuitton and buy two bags. I have to buy now because I said that.
Q. How much are the bags, did you see them?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: For sure a few hundreds for the one bag.
Q. You're going buy two?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah, I have to buy two. One for me and my sister.
Q. Do you and your sister fight? What you do you fight about?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Practicing together all the time, like 13 years already. So, yeah, sometimes we are playing against each other. But the matches was not like real match because I couldn't feel the same pressure like normal match. So we're always together. So we're traveling together all the time, so we are best friends.
Q. You don't argue with her at all?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: No.
Q. Coming into take a second serve, have you done that frequently before and has anybody done that against you? Coming in close to attack a second serve?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah, I have to do it because she's playing very strong like every shot, so I have to do it. I have to do it before her, so, yeah, I was trying playing everything.
Q. Has anybody ever tried to do that to you to sort of try and psych you out?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah, of course. Yeah, yeah. Everybody are doing the best, and I think everybody -- on this tournament everybody knows everybody, so I knew that I have to play stronger and receive also.
Q. There was a lot of talk after the draw about the lower half of the draw, and that it was dominated by Maria Sharapova and a lot of the players at the top. Did you think about that and look at that and say, There's a tremendous opportunity here for somebody like yourself to get to a semi or final in the US Open?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Not really. In Poland they will say like, You will play third round with Maria Sharapova. I'm like, no, no. Hold on. I'm playing first round then second and then third. So, yeah, and then I beat Morigami and then Razzano and now I'm playing with Maria Sharapova. And then it was like big show in Poland because everybody was like before US Open -- I mean, after the draw they will say like it's going to be center court night session, but it was just 11. I think it's better for me. Yeah, and then -- yeah, I think I couldn't believe like before the match also. I just came to the court and do my best, and I did it.
Q. But it will give you a big opportunity now. Is that going to be a different challenge now because the draw has kind of opened up for you?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know the draw. I didn't see. I just see, you know, like before Maria Sharapova, then I have no idea.
Q. Have you done many press conferences?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I mean, when, before?
Q. Any time in your life.
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah, I mean, a few.
Q. You're doing great.
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah?
Q. Yeah.
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Thank you.
Q. Those exams that you took in May, what was your strongest subject? And if you were to at some point go to university, what would you study?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know actually. Hard to say, but I don't know. I don't know.
Q. And your best subject on those exams?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Fitness.
Q. What about Flippy and Floppy, are they still alive?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yes. They're so fat. But yeah, they're still alive, yeah. They're waiting for me at home.
Q. When you went to the baseline to serve the last game of the match, when you were four points away, what were you thinking?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I mean, I was so nervous. I mean, I was thinking that I have to hit the first serve, but I missed. Then second serve my hand was like this (showing shaking hand). And mean, she missed. I was a little bit lucky because it was out like this (indicating), and then it was like shock. You know, yeah, she missed three points on this game and she shouldn't. But, yeah. She help me out a bit in last game.
Q. They're rats, right?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah.
Q. How long do rats live actually?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know. I think around five years.
Q. So you've had these two how long?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Just few months, yeah.
Q. You let them out of the cage to run around a little bit?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: No. No. They're dangerous I think. They're aggressive.
Q. Why do you have rats? Why don't you have a dog or a cat?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I had a dog but it was not so nice dog because it was very danger dog.
Q. What kind of dog?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Bulldog.
Q. Did he bite people?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Yeah, my sister. Twice. So that's why no dog anymore. And I don't like cats so, yeah, to us, because my friend, she had one and, yeah, it was a nice. After this we both do like that.
Q. You and your sister ever dream about, talk about the idea of one day maybe playing in a Grand Slam final?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: Juniors, yes, but never on the Grand Slam like this. Because, yeah, I made like fourth rounds, third rounds at Wimbledon, but never until I mean after quarterfinals, so maybe we'll see here. I don't know, I hope I can do it.
Q. Have the two of talked about someday?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: No. I mean, we're talking about something else, not about tennis, because it's going to be crazy like we're traveling all the time, practicing actually all the time, and we don't talk about the tennis.
Q. After this big win, do you think perhaps now you might be able to make it to the finals? Is it enough of a confidence builder?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I'm not favorite here, so I will play with seeded player I think also. So I will see and I have no idea who is next.
Q. But in the back of your mind, do you think now perhaps, I have a good chance of winning?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know. I don't know.
Q. You actually, just looking at the draw you played, including Maria Sharapova, three of the most seasoned veterans on the tour and done very well. Do you think that puts you in a better position going into the second week?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I mean, you know, I saw the draw like New Haven already, and I say, Oh, my God. It's so bad because the first opponent is playing very well and second round also was not so good, so I see already it's so bad. I'm seeded but the draw is so bad, but now I think I can say it's very good draw.
Q. After that victory, there are two Louis Vuitton handbags. What would be reward after next round victory?
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA: I don't know. I have to think with my sister because I have to buy for me and for her. I have no idea. I have to buy first the handbags.

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sammy01
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:37 PM
i like how she said she was gona make no excuses like wind, that was alot better interview than normal! im not a fan of hers but i think a few loses like this might put things in prespective for her, about how lucky she is and what she needs to do to keep improving her game!