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Old Jun 2nd, 2012, 06:27 PM   #4216
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Thanks to the Russian forum I found today's presser
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Peng 6‑2, 6‑1




Q. I guess you couldn’t ask for a better few rounds.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I came into today, you know, knowing that I’m facing a pretty tough opponent who I have had trouble against in the past, who has beaten me before. And played three sets with her a couple of times.

So she can really play, and, you know, she hits the ball really well. You know, but I tried to get her on the run today and really move her, you know, stay aggressive. I served well and returned well, and I thought that was really important, especially against her.



Q. Assess your level here, I guess, against last year when you had your best performance.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, the first few matches have been really good, and we’re on to the next one.



Q. Is there any part of you at all that feels bad for somebody paying a lot of money to come see a match, and they’re as fast as they have been so far, one after another, your three?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The last thing that’s on my mind when I’m going out on court is thinking about who paid for a ticket and how long they’re going to watch my match for.

I mean, I’m not sure if that’s selfish or not, but my job is to go out on the court and to try to win. Whether it’s 6‑0, 6‑0, whether it’s a tough three‑set match, you’re trying to do what you have to do and play as well as you can.

If things ‑‑ obviously always could be different, you make a few more next and she plays better, then things can change. But that’s not my goal.



Q. Do you remember years where you would arrive here and think, oh, no, clay again, don’t feel like it so much? And can you tell the difference between a few years ago and how you’re enjoying play more?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I never thought like that. I mean, that would be pretty bad.

But I felt that in the first few rounds when I would always ‑‑ especially the first couple, I’d always have ‑‑ I mean, as far as I can remember, I always had three‑set matches here in the beginning. I just always ‑‑ I hesitated and I was always thinking, well, it’s going to be tougher for me later in the rounds, because I don’t think I’ll recover as well.

That was the main thing. Now I could play, you know, the longest match, and I feel like I could go out and play the next day, which is mentally really helpful.



Q. Paris is like the only major title that you haven’t had yet. The crowd here likes you very much. This year with those early well‑played first rounds, do you feel kind of more confident? How do you envision your chance in the tournament here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I’m certainly happy with the way I performed in those rounds, in those matches, and followed through. I did everything I had to do.

But, you know, in the next round, it starts from 0‑0. Whoever you’re playing, you have to go and try and do the same thing.

There are a lot more rounds to go. It just gets tougher from this point. And you hope as the tournament goes on that you raise your level, that you get better. You’re going to be facing tougher opponents, you’re going to be maybe facing two three‑setters, and you just have to be ready for that.



Q. Is it fair to say you’re on a real roll, or did Madrid kind of give you a reason to pause and say, Well, the game isn’t quite where I want it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don’t know about a pause, but, I don’t know about a roll, either. I don’t know. What’s a roll? Like winning…



Q. Well, you won Stuttgart, you won some matches in Madrid, you won Rome, you haven’t lost a match here.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, if you can determine that as a roll, then I guess. But I just see it as I played really good matches, beat great players. And I’ve got to keep moving forward and try to do that again.



Q. What about coming to Europe as early as you did this year? Has that been a good thing for you? How do you adjust being away from home as long as you have been?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I love Europe. I mean, of course I love being home. There’s nothing like it. This is my job. I love to travel, and I had my mom here on the road with me, which is really nice.

Yeah, it’s tough because it gets a little bit long. The days just kind of ‑‑ you start counting the days and the weeks, and I think it’s already been like five or six weeks, but I’m actually feeling okay.

I think it was ‑‑ when I was maybe a bit younger, I felt like it was too much. Maybe I needed to go home. Maybe at some point I will, but right now I feel good. I’m happy where I am. I mean, I’m going to some pretty nice cities, so I can’t complain about that.



Q. Your mom is here. So do you know where your dad is?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: He’s in Florida. Yes. He’s with my dog.



Q. Are you getting some calls, texts, comments from him?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, he can’t text. It’s useless. Yeah, the text ‑‑ he writes half Russian, half English. The words are all mixed up. Misspelled. I mean, it’s ‑‑ I just ask him to call me. And I try to Skype with him, and that’s a nightmare because he doesn’t know like how to answer. It’s horrible.

But I talked with him every day. Mainly just to find out if my dog is still alive. (Laughter).



Q. Has he had dog care before, or it’s new for him?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It’s kind of new, which is why I’m a bit worried, especially my mom. But they seem to be okay, so that’s good.



Q. On the endorsement front, some of your deals have expired, you’ve got like Sugarpova coming up. Are you looking for new deals? Is Max slacking off? What’s going on?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Slacking off. Oh, my. I have more e‑mails in my career than I’ve had ever.

I’m really looking forward to the candy launch, which I think was the most exciting project that I’ve ever done before, because it’s my own business, my own investment, my own money. It’s like a baby kind of where everything you put in, every single dollar, every minute is going into something that you’re really passionate about.

Yeah, we’re pretty much ‑‑ just finished all the packaging and we worked out all the creative. Going to do the shoot for it soon. It’s going to launch at the US Open. We just got some really good buyers, so I’m really excited.



Q. Is this the longest your mom has been on the road with you since you were a kid?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Probably.



Q. So how is that? Why did you ask her to come over for so long in the first place?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have someone to fold my laundry.



Q. You’re so spoiled?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I am so spoiled. She is the best mom I could ‑‑ oh, if I was only 1% of the mom that she is. But, yeah, I’m really lucky.

She’s just such a nice influence in my life, just a calm, so calm, could care less ‑‑ I mean, of course she cares how I do in tennis and life, but her perspective on things and just in general is really nice to have.



Q. When you get off court, whether you won, lost, practice, you pretty much can go to her and shut it down tennis‑wise?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah.



Q. Talk about other things?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: We talk about everything and anything, yeah. Business, life, friends. Yeah.



Q. I know you can only play who is in front of you and players never look at the draw, but no Kirilenko, Serena is not in your quarter anymore. Do you feel like the draw is sort of breaking your way, as well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don’t look at it that way. I never have, and like I said before, I don’t think it’s the right way to look at things to see somebody lose and say, Oh, well, now the draw is open or it’s not, or, They won, it’s going to be tough.

You can’t go about playing a Grand Slam like that. You’ve got to be ready to face your toughest opponents from the first round on. And if you’re not ready, then you should probably not be here.



And here is also her interview after Round 1 in Russian, if any kind soul wants to translate it. I do not have enough knowledge and time http://www.championat.com/tennis/_ro...na-grunte.html
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Thanks. I think the Russian and English pressers are different. So we could get two pressers for her R3?
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Q. Is there any part of you at all that feels bad for somebody paying a lot of money to come see a match, and theyíre as fast as they have been so far, one after another, your three?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The last thing thatís on my mind when Iím going out on court is thinking about who paid for a ticket and how long theyíre going to watch my match for.

I mean, Iím not sure if thatís selfish or not, but my job is to go out on the court and to try to win. Whether itís 6‑0, 6‑0, whether itís a tough three‑set match, youíre trying to do what you have to do and play as well as you can.

If things ‑‑ obviously always could be different, you make a few more next and she plays better, then things can change. But thatís not my goal.
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Thanks. I think the Russian and English pressers are different. So we could get two pressers for her R3?
Yes, they are different, but the link from round 1 - I think that it is her english presser translated. I'll post if I find anything from round 3. Unfortunately I do not have time to translate anything.


A lot lot lot of weird questions there in today's english presser, questions that might get one really nervous...

Well, I guess now we know who took the pics of her for her fb.
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She seems to be in a very good mood lately. I like these questions, more interesting than usual.
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Am I thinking the same thing as you all?

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Thanks for posting the interview, Maja.

I am so happy to hear that her mum is travelling with her. That explains why is seems more relaxed and happy these days due to her mum's influence. It would be great to see her in the players' box though. I hope she comes if Maria makes it to the final. It might give her a boost to win as opposed to the last GS final.

Some good questions and answers about her mum, her dad and her dog. I love the way she answers the journalists.
Q. So how is that? Why did you ask her to come over for so long in the first place?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have someone to fold my laundry.

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That was so harsh on Yuri

But the question about feeling bad for the crowd was
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Oh, you perverts! Hahahaha .. Poor Sasha... No wonder he cannot play a long match. I hope no one of his or her team read this.

In the 1st round interview Maria said that the court she loves most is Wimbledon, there you can feel the tennis at its core, only the 2 players warming up and playing tennis, no buzz about the spectators or the atmosphere..
Then that she has no mantra or anything when she turns her back to the opponent and looks towards the wall between points.
Then the one about Nyagan that we all know.
She confirmed she is no longer with Tiffany and that the earrings she is wearing are her own - that is - a gift.
Then the usual quote she tells about her game on clay and that she tries to get her muscles stronger, not by lifting 20 kg each day, but she said she works a lot and listens to her body.
Then about the weight of the balls - she said that in the past she didn't use to feel any difference, but now after the shoulder surgery she feels the difference in the balls earlier than others do.
Then they noticed that in round 1 all her team was wearing blue shirts and asked her if it was intentional - she said no and that they usually put on whatever that comes to their hand when they wake up in the morning.
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Then they noticed that in round 1 all her team was wearing blue shirts and asked her if it was intentional
I noticed that in round 3 too.
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If Sharapova wins this tournament, I'll just be happy. She has earned this and deserves this. She is very famous and is super rich, but that by no means keeps her from wanting to go further. Yes, Maria lost the Wimbledon final to Kvitova and Australian Open final to Azarenka. But I, as a coach and as a viewer am very pleased that she is always striving to improve her game.
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That's so sweet of her!
I love hearing other players praise Maria.
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Who is she? Sveta's coach or something?
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Wow! Well said, Olga. That is such a true observation of Maria's performance of late. I agree with her that if Maria wins this tournament, she totally deserves it. She has worked so hard for it.
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