WTA website, Maria Sharapova
On whether she ever watches footage from when she won the title in 2004...
"I haven't seen it in a while. Sometimes I get the chance to watch it if I feel I need to. Sometimes my fans make videos of my wins at all of the four Grand Slams. They put collages together. That's really when I get those memories back. But I don't intentionally look those videos up too much.
"But when I was injured I watched a lot of those videos. That really inspired me to get back."
On her time in between Paris and London...
"I had a really good last couple of weeks. I came straight to London after Paris, took a couple days off and started practicing. I really enjoy the city. I have a couple of friends living here now, so I've been able to spend a bit of time here. I've been in busy cities the last few weeks so it's nice to be in a quiet area listening to the birds singing instead of taxis honking. That's a nice change.
"And I've just been practicing. The reason I don't play a warm-up event is because of so many tournaments back to back. It's always nice to get back to working on a few things here and there. Sometimes when you get in a groove of playing so many matches you lose that work ethic a little bit."
"Despite her being injured and despite her not being here, she's certainly had so much history in this tournament. She's accomplished a lot. It's tough to see someone who has been on the tour for so many years, that's been at such a high level, struggling a bit with injuries. But overall she's always a tough competitor, and I've always had extremely difficult matches against her whenever we've played."
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