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Bijoux0021
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:33 PM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2007-09-01/200709011188695400343.html

Saturday, September 1, 2007

A. 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.

sharapovarulz1
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:35 PM
Cheers anyway but already watched it on US Open site think she answered the questions well and didn't seem to pissed off!

Kworb
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:38 PM
Classy

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:40 PM
Yeah.She seemed to be quite calm but disappointed.

Pureracket
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:42 PM
Mature interview. I never see how these players get it together after a loss. I would be a profane maniac in these interviews.

ilovethewilliams
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:47 PM
Q. How does it feel to get trashed at the Austrialian Open, beat down at the French Open, TROUNCED at Wimbledon and humiliated at the US Open all in one year?

tennisbear7
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:51 PM
Re: ilovethewilliams

How does it feel to be earning in excess of 20 million US dollars a year, as opposed to hating on her on a forum?

Russianboy
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:52 PM
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.

:bounce: :kiss: :lol: :lol:

Poova
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:55 PM
Graceful as always. :yeah:
And she didn't blame her shoulder, looks like Maria haters will have to come up with some new material. :wavey:

Slutiana
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:57 PM
if she says 'its tough to say' one more time, i'll get @sweetcleopatra on her. :mad: :armed:

kobashi
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:58 PM
Must be difficult to do these type of interviews, but she handled it well. :)

sharapovarulz1
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:00 PM
if she says 'its tough to say' one more time, i'll get @sweetcleopatra on her. :mad: :armed:

Even though I love Maria she was annoying the crap out of me saying that all the time :lol:

ilovethewilliams
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:01 PM
Re: ilovethewilliams

How does it feel to be earning in excess of 20 million US dollars a year, as opposed to hating on her on a forum?


Australian Open: Serena def. sharapova 6-1,6-0 :lol:
French Open: Ivanovic def. sharapova 6-2,6-1 :lol:
Wimbledon : Venus def. sharapova 6-1,6-3 :lol:
Us Open: Radwanska "WHO?" def. sharapova 6-4,1-6,6-2 :help:

"Make every shot a powershot" Out of the Slams

alias
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:01 PM
I don't feel like I had that belief that I usually do.

she's losing her confidence...

:inlove:
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:06 PM
Really classy. Sorry haters. :hug:

A Magicman
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:08 PM
No excuses. A true champion.

LDF
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:09 PM
Very classy. :worship:

Young 8
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:09 PM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2007-09-01/200709011188695400343.html

Saturday, September 1, 2007

A. RADWANSKA/M. Sharapova

6-4, 1-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Your dad left after 5-3 in the third set.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, he didn't. He was there.



ROTFL

Foxy
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:17 PM
There is nothing wrong with Maria's shoulder. Despite the commentators tryin to make excuses for her Wimbledon loss, there was nothing wrong with her shoulders in that tournament.

Venus is what was wrong with her.

Maria's shoulder has been fine for a good while or else she would not have been playing. That camp prides themselves in trying to have Maria win in a certain fashion. If they know she can not get the ball across the net on a consistent basis, she would not be playing.

For someone who was suppose to be so hurt, she never called out a trainer to even try to adjust her shoulders.

The shoulder is just fine when she's bashing the ball away, and it's just fine when she's losing.

Her problem is that she's a ball basher with no plan B or C. I suggest she use this time off to start developing an alternate plan.

Bijoux0021
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:18 PM
Graceful as always. :yeah:
And she didn't blame her shoulder, looks like Maria haters will have to come up with some new material. :wavey:
In her previous 3 Grand Slams losses this year, she didn't blame the "shoulder injury" during the post-match news conference interviews. She usually waits a few days later. The hint will be, "I'm going to get X-ray on my shoulder."

FoxyliciousKhat
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:19 PM
Great interview from Maria, she went up another spot in my book. I love how she did not take the bait and blame the wind, moon, stars, or her shoulder as the moderator tried to have her do.

Kudos Maria!

Foxy

Kampi
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:35 PM
Fantastic interview. So real and true. She must be really disappointed, but to say such things in the post match interview is a great sport. Bravo Maria, I love you for that.:worship::kiss::worship: What a classy girl even in defeat.:)

WF4EVER
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:33 AM
I can't read the whole interview but why are the reporters baiting her into making excuses for her loss. They do it in the commentary boot and they're doing it in the press conference, too?

I don't like Maria, I can't stand her but whatever she's feeling she's not making excuses, so why are they? Is she too good to lose a match? Oh, my bad. They think the tennis world revolves around her. But not quite so, is it?

silverwhite
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:45 AM
I don't like her but this was a very classy and mature interview :yeah:

ico4498
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:55 AM
Maria rocks!

Rocketta
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:01 AM
I think she tried to take the mature approach and not give any excuses for her loss which is good on her but if you say "I could blame the wind for my serve but I'm not" well you're still kind of blaming the wind. :lol:

roger_maria4ever
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:03 AM
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.

:bounce: :kiss: :lol: :lol:
yeahh loved the answer too..radwanska is gonna get her ass kicked by maria next time:p

roger_maria4ever
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:06 AM
In her previous 3 Grand Slams losses this year, she didn't blame the "shoulder injury" during the post-match news conference interviews. She usually waits a few days later. The hint will be, "I'm going to get X-ray on my shoulder."
and there goes our dear bijoux..trying to find something always

silverwhite
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:06 AM
I think she tried to take the mature approach and not give any excuses for her loss which is good on her but if you say "I could blame the wind for my serve but I'm not" well you're still kind of blaming the wind. :lol:

I got the impression that she was thrown off by the wind and her opponent but she's saying that she shouldn't have been. :lol:

Veronique
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:10 AM
Classy interview! Making excuses for Maria is Carillo's job.

tonythetiger
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:20 AM
"Make every shot a powershot" Out of the Slams

That was priceless! LOL! Nice, classy interview, but I'm still glad she lost (in spite of her easy draw) so we don't have to keep hearing from the commentators about her or her "beautiful" dresses.

DefyingGravity
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:23 AM
Maria handled everything very well. Most players would just keep insisting it was their own fault that she lost and not necessarily give credit to the strategy that kept making them hit unforced error after unforced error. I have a feeling the press really wanted to get an outlandish quote from her. That's not going to happen. She's very media trained and well-spoken. Good for her!

Jakeev
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:30 AM
Class interview!!

canuckfan
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:54 AM
Classy interview, as always. She gives credit to Radwanska, she makes no excuses and she looks forward to the future.

Even if she gives absolutly no material to the haters, some people still have something bad to say and try to stir shit :rolleyes:

tenn_ace
Sep 2nd, 2007, 04:48 AM
Classy interview, as always. She gives credit to Radwanska, she makes no excuses and she looks forward to the future.

Even is she gives absolutly no material to the haters, some people still have something bad to say and try to stir shit :rolleyes:


exactly.

heytennis
Sep 2nd, 2007, 04:57 AM
She is great after a win and after a defeat.

NeeemZ
Sep 2nd, 2007, 05:27 AM
I'm not a particular fan of Sharapova but she definitely knows how to conduct herself after a loss!

@Sweet Cleopatra
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:46 PM
Sharapova :You never know when God's going to bring down those gifts. So I'm waiting for those Christmas gifts
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

that's sad but please God help her , and thanks for posting the interview sweety .

Geisha
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:48 PM
The Christmas gift part at the end is so tacky. She tries to be so smooth in these interviews, but it doesn't come off that way. :S

Martian KC
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:07 PM
Class act, Maria! Kudos!:yeah:

Sefo
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:23 PM
It's aggravating how much drivel and worship is going around this Radwanska girl, who is actually just fine for the ranking that she wears. All the girls in the top 100 can hit a decent ball. Most of them would've beat Maria yesterday.

Isn't Federer classy enough (if not the classiest out there)? Yet, when he got beat by Djokovic in Montreal, he declared "He's got nothing", about the #3 player in the world, let alone a thirthysh rank.

It's because Fed knows that he's good. Maria doesn't know what she did wrong.

Elwin.
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:31 PM
I'm not a big fan of Maria, but she handled the interview well. She was really mature.
Maria :bigclap:

Emina.
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:37 PM
It's aggravating how much drivel and worship is going around this Radwanska girl, who is actually just fine for the ranking that she wears. All the girls in the top 100 can hit a decent ball. Most of them would've beat Maria yesterday.

Isn't Federer classy enough (if not the classiest out there)? Yet, when he got beat by Djokovic in Montreal, he declared "He's got nothing", about the #3 player in the world, let alone a thirthysh rank.

It's because Fed knows that he's good. Maria doesn't know what she did wrong.

did Federer actually say that ? :eek: :o

SharapovaFan16
Sep 2nd, 2007, 04:08 PM
Federer did not actually say that, but you could tell the interview Roger felt he was a much better player. Hell he is!

Comparing Maria and Roger is like apples and oranges, hell you can't even compare Serena & Roger. This is Roger's world and we all live in it.

stevos
Sep 2nd, 2007, 05:35 PM
Wow, that really was an amazing interview.
Makes me still my #1 favourite. Good job Maria, way to be a class act.
And haters, fuck off. Trying to find something in this interview to rip on is just sickening, seriously. I don't know how she could give more credit and be more mature about it all.

AO 2008 Maria! :hearts: