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Old Jun 5th, 2012, 03:05 AM   #4246
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nice interview. "I am useless with gameplans." Poor Hoggy! And the umpire really needs to read the rule book again
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Q. What about game plan? Who’s in control: you, Thomas, or your dad?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I’m useless with game plans. That’s probably the one thing he just gets so frustrated with me about. I don’t know. I go out there and I do my own thing, and then he’s like, after the match, like, Really? What’s the point? I mean, what’s the point of having me?

But I apologized when I hired him in advance, so he’s okay.
Such a great answer
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Old Jun 6th, 2012, 04:17 PM   #4248
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Transcript of Maria Sharapova interview
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Q. Talk about your game. You just seemed very controlled out there. Your returns were fantastic. Talk about how you feel coming into the semifinals.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, it's certainly nice to be in that position again. It's my third time in the semifinals. After a tough match in the previous round, you know, I'm happy with the way I improved in this match.

I thought that was really important, because she's someone that always competes and plays really well against top players especially. She has that extra motivatio
Yeah, the return is very important because she can serve very well, has a big first serve, so that was a big key today.

Q. Was it easier than expected today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you never know what to expect. You just have to go out there and hope ‑‑ I mean, I hoped that I would raise my level today because I knew it would be a tougher match.
I expected her to come out and play really well because she's capable of that. I think I was just ready for it.

Q. Maria you served better than the other day, it looked like, and you were moving forward more on your groundstrokes and seemed to control a lot more points than you did against Zakopalova, no?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I wanted to. There were a few things I wanted to improve from the other matches. I just thought I played very defensively against an opponent that likes that type of game.
Today I did want to be aggressive and I did want to try and step in and move forward and get the first good hit on the ball.

Q. So Kvitova won. Do you want to talk about that? It's a good little rivalry. You guys play each other pretty tough.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she's an extremely tough opponent, someone that I have had good success in our last couple of previous meetings. But always tough matches.

The last one in Stuttgart was a tough two‑setter for me. She had opportunities in that second set to win it, so yeah, she seems to be playing really well. When she's confident when she's hitting the ball she's quite dangerous, so, yeah, obviously it's going to be another level, as well.

I hope that I can raise my level, as well, too.

Q. Obviously you haven't won every tournament you played this year, but you have been incredibly consistent for quite a while. Could you just talk about that quality of consistency, of going deep into all kinds of tournaments again and again?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, that's obviously the goal in all the tournaments that you go to. You try to prepare, no matter if it's a smaller event or it's a Grand Slam. You know, my philosophy is always if you're in the tournament you've got to try to win it, and you've got to try to perform as well as you can and improve and get better.

It doesn't matter at what level the tournament is at. So the energy that I have been playing with this year has been really helpful to me, because I feel like I've really stepped up and I've been really positive and improving.

Throughout the tournament as well, when I had a couple of sloppy matches I felt like I was able to turn that around. Yeah, it's been a good, solid year so far.

Q. On a totally different note, earlier this year you said one of your favorite things as you travel the tour is people watching, the different cultures. Obviously this is one of the great cities for that.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do.

Q. Talk about that people watching.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's the best here. So eclectic. Maybe Tokyo is up there, too. I love people watching in Tokyo. It's pretty unique. Paris is another level. I wish I could take everyone's style and put it in so many cities around the world we visit.

I love the way that people go about their lives and the way they sit at cafes like a few centimeters from the cars going by. It's like, is that really nice or not? They seem to enjoy it. Everyone sits close to each other. You're listening or eavesdropping into their conversations.
Yeah, very different, which I enjoy.

Q. Can you just talk about what you have done to become a better mover on clay specifically this season or in seasons past and what Thomas has brought in terms of advice, movement, strategy?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think it's always been, Oh, well, let's improve movement on clay. I think it's just about improving movement in general on any surface that you're playing.

Obviously there are a few different movements on clay with the sliding and the recovering and getting back into the point which you work on, but I think it's just a general sense of movement.

I work with Japanese trainer that I've known for a long time, physical trainer from Florida. He was in Australia for a few years and now he came back to the States, so I started working with him in the offseason a little bit here and there.
I'll see him again after here. Yeah, that's also been nice to have him. Yeah, I think it's a team effort. Also comes down to your own self, as well. If you push yourself and if you believe that that will help you, then it will.
You know, if you go out doing the same things and it gets tiring and boring, you don't push yourself as much, doesn't help you.

Q. Is it fair to say that even if you don't get the first strike or control of the point you feel little more comfortable than in years past in staying in a rally?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, certainly over several years ago. Absolutely.

Q. Obviously you're known for your groundies, but what of all the shots in your arsenal or the different exchanges you have, what gives you the most pleasure, the most joy yourself?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The shot? Probably the swing volley because I don't have to bend my knees. I can just kind of jump up and hit it. (Smiling.)

Yeah, no, I've always liked hitting swing volleys. I can practice them all day long.

Q. Another question but back to the swing volley. You didn't use it that much last year; this year you seem to be using it a lot. Why is that? Did you lose faith in the shot or was it strategically you felt like you needed to do more things?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think it's just having that confidence of moving forward and not waiting for another shot to come back, and also recognizing what you did to maybe get in the position of moving forward.

You know, if you feel like you opened up the court but maybe don't believe that you did or you're not looking for the next shot, then a lot of it is about just doing it.

Sometimes, you know, you hit a few good shots and you're like, Well, I'm playing so well but everything is coming back.

Sometimes it's not so much about the opponent but it's really about you and getting in there and hitting it.

Q. About the cafes, could you see yourself as a part of the cafe society in Paris, meaning if you weren't a player, hanging out, drinking coffee, long lunches?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Who wouldn't want that lifestyle? It's great to me. I could eat at L'Avenue every single day, have the escargot and the little strawberries they have for dessert, gain like 20 pounds.

But that's all right. They walk everywhere and they bike. That would help.

Q. Your first big result post shoulder surgery was at this tournament, in a Grand Slam. So if that's right, did that change any feeling you have for this place or what you could do on clay, that kind of a breakthrough?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was the second tournament that I had played. I actually wished that I would have played before, but I couldn't. I had goals for maybe starting in Australia or before, but that didn't happen.

Yeah, I mean, I don't know if it has something to do with my results since then or today, but I was certainly very happy that ‑‑ like I was happy whether it was here or where I started in Poland, which seemed like the pit of the world, you know, at that time.
I was just so happy to be playing again. I mean, I look back now, and, I mean, I was really ready to get back
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Nice interview.
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Old Jun 6th, 2012, 04:43 PM   #4250
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Thanks.
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"Poland, which seemed like the pit of the world"!

It's definitely not a good idea to piss this woman off!

I can feel the heat of ARad's flush from here, like 8,000 miles away!
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Old Jun 6th, 2012, 05:57 PM   #4252
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I'm shocked there isn't already a thread on GM about that one.

BOOMSHELL! Ostrich sayz to Vulture: Poland is the pit of the world!
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Well a torunament in Poland, Slovenia or anywhere else, those small tournaments are "the pit of the world" for the tennis players. At least for the top ones.
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Q. Obviously you're known for your groundies, but what of all the shots in your arsenal or the different exchanges you have, what gives you the most pleasure, the most joy yourself?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The shot? Probably the swing volley because I don't have to bend my knees. I can just kind of jump up and hit it. (Smiling.)

Yeah, no, I've always liked hitting swing volleys. I can practice them all day long.
Lol I liked that part.
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I'm shocked there isn't already a thread on GM about that one.

BOOMSHELL! Ostrich sayz to Vulture: Poland is the pit of the world!
But now of course there is one.
It did take them longer than I expected though.
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The questions are getting more interesting as the tournament progresses. At least they refrained from using 'cow on ice' and 'you are the favourite'.
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Is Masha still bitter that motherland Russia lost Poland?

Maria had a gameplan today, and it worked.
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At least Masha isn't in back Poland - like some others
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this is the interview after the SF for french speakers the english version is not out yet :

http://www.rolandgarros.com/fr_FR/ne...095747702.html
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M. SHARAPOVA/P. Kvitova 6‑3, 6‑3

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Q. You can call it a perfect day. Your first final here.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.



Q. The spot of No. 1 in the world. How do you feel?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. It’s just amazing to be back in this position of being world No. 1 again. Not yet. On Monday. But nice to know it happened again for me.

I was in a position a few years ago where I didn’t quite know if I would ever be here again on this stage playing professionally. And not just at that, but at a level to get to No. 1 in the world and a first Roland Garros final for me.

So a very special day, no doubt.


Q. Today it seems like nobody could have beaten you out there. You were so determined. Do you feel like maybe it’s the best match you’ve played this year? How were you feeling on the court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it was tough to play a great match because of the conditions. I think most importantly it was about playing a solid match. I think patience was very important today, because in conditions like this, no matter how good you’re playing or bad, so many things equal out. If you get frustrated by a few mistakes, it can let you down.

I was also facing a tough opponent who’s given me a lot of trouble in the past. So, yeah, I was really happy that I was able to win in two sets today.



Q. Just talking about the comeback, I know people would assume that a player coming back from injuries straight back to the level that they left at, but if you could talk a bit about how it takes a while to build it up to that same standard.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, those are exactly what you said: assumptions. It’s a long road back; it’s a long process. It’s a lot of days of frustration and uncertainty not knowing if you’ll ever get there, not knowing how much you want it, not knowing whether it would be a moment like that for you again.

So there’s definitely a lot of tough things you have to go through to get to this point, but when you get here and you look back at the things that you did and the work that you put in and the toughest days that you can remember, it’s all really worth it.

Because, I mean, I have played tennis since I was four years old. I committed myself to this sport. I’ve always loved what I did. When it was taken away from me for a while, that’s when I realized how grateful I was and how lucky I was to be playing it.



Q. The personal issues are also important. Is your mother with you? Do you think this has helped, or you are a lonely warrior? How is that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I’m a what? Lonely warrior? (Smiling.)

I have to look that up in the dictionary. I’m a warrior. I don’t know if I’m lonely.

I have always in my career had a small group of people in my box. Where you can give 14 tickets, you only see four people in my box, and it’s the way I’ve always been. I’m not the person to bring in friends and people that I’ve met for one day.

It’s not a show for me. It’s my career, and I take it very serial. You know, when I’m on the road, it’s the few people that are close to me, my team, my coach, my physio, my hitting partner, whoever it is, and then my family.

Those are the people that matter to me most during, you know, the good and the bad days and when you’re on the road.



Q. The No. 1 position has been changing quite a few times lately. Are you promising that you’ll keep it for a while now? And the second part of the question, the lady from the WTA, she seemed really excited about you being No. 1. For us journalists, it’s always exciting, I guess, maybe because you’re very charismatic ‑‑

MARIA SHARAPOVA: And shy.



Q. ‑‑ and different obviously. Do you think the women’s tennis really needed you or needs you really bad?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don’t know. That’s for you to judge, not me.

I mean, all I know is that I’ve worked hard to get to this place. Whether I’m charismatic or not, it’s really for you to determine, I guess. But I’m happy and I’m proud of where I came from and how I had to get here to this position.

Obviously I really hope that I can stay in this position. You know, it’s a spot that you always go for, but it’s also a spot that many others want and work hard for, as well.

But, you know, when you get there it’s always even tougher to keep it, so it’s certainly a challenge.



Q. During the time off your ranking went down and down and down and a lot of tears and the world is crashing around you. I’m sure those feelings were bad, but can you switch to today and just talk about when you won the match, feelings inside, what was coming out of you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, first, I was thinking that I won the match on the second serve ace.



Q. First one ever, I think.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: All right. Let’s not go crazy here. It wasn’t the first one ever. Maybe second.

Yeah, well, to be in a Roland Garros final for the first time when I know many years ago I’m sure many people in this room never considered me getting to this stage. And personally, I mean, I’ve always believed and I have worked towards it, but I didn’t quite know if I was really ever physically quite ready for that.

So, yeah, to be in this stage for the first time in my career, 25 years old, is just a great personal achievement.



Q. Saturday you’re going to be playing a final in order to get the only missing Grand Slam tournament in your career. So it’s very important. You’re going to encounter kind of an outsider player. Would you have preferred playing somebody you have played much more at those stages, or how is it going to feel to play against an outsider?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it doesn’t really matter what I prefer. I mean, at the end of the day it’s who gets to the final on the other side. You know, for me it’s going to be Errani, someone who I think has won the most clay‑court matches this year. She’s been so great on this surface. It’s her favorite surface to play on.

The way she’s been competing in the last two weeks, I mean, I’ve seen a lot of her matches. Not all of them, but saw a little bit today, you know, the way she competes and moves and, you know, gets herself back in position, makes you hit a lot of balls.

She’s certainly a very dangerous player. It’s also a first for her to be in the finals here. Yeah, it’s not something that, you know, you prefer or not prefer. It doesn’t really matter. It’s whoever you have to face.



Q. Even if you both are 25 years old, there is a little difference: 24 inches, centimeters, 21 tournaments.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Here we go. Get your pillows out, guys. (Laughter.)



Q. Three slams, 21 tournaments and so on, so many other things.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes.



Q. What is really the difference? I mean, how do you compare those things? The fact that you have so much more experience than her? Do you think it’s a great advantage, or she has nothing to lose so it’s almost even at the start?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, maybe that’s something we can talk about after the final. But, I mean, I’m certainly grateful for the experience that I have. Experience I think is priceless. It teaches you so many things. Winning, losing, situations, circumstances that you go through.

But, yeah, I can’t speak for obviously how she’s feeling, but I’m just excited to be in this position. Whether I’m playing against someone that hasn’t been there or not it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day it’s another match, and we have to go out there and compete and perform well.

Whoever is going to be better on that day will win the match.



Q. Given the way that the match did end, I just wondered if you know how many serves you may have hit this year in practice, you know, outside courts when you’ve been out there with Thomas going through it over and over and over again? Have you ever hit as many serves perhaps in practice or in matches as you’ve hit this year?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, probably more.



Q. More?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, probably. I don’t really count.



Q. No, but it’s something you have been really working very hard on.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, of course.



Q. To actually reach a final in that manner is quite a reward.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it’s definitely something that I knew. I mean, the day that I got shoulder surgery I knew it was something I’m going to be working on and trying to get back for a very long period of time.

I mean, it was the most painful shot for me before I had to get surgery, and I knew that it could have still been painful after. It certainly was for a period of time.

I always knew that I ‑‑ I mean, that’s why in the beginning I kind of had to start with a different motion because I couldn’t have a long swing when I got back. Just my arm, I would just get pain right away, so I had to, you know, change a few things around.

But, you know, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do sometimes.



Q. Yesterday you talked about the Japanese trainer you started working with. I’m guessing it’s Yutaka.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh‑huh.



Q. Could you talk a little bit about when you started working with him again? Where are you training? It’s Florida or Los Angeles?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I’ve worked with Yutaka when I was a young girl because he trained in Florida. He was part of the program there. Then he left for a couple of years to work for Tennis Australia. He ended the job there and I kind of stole him. It was a combination.

Yeah, I mean, he’s still based in Florida, and we work there. He travels a bit. When I’m in California he comes there. When I’m in Florida he’s home, so he’s there.



Q. Comparing this final to the ones you won ‑ US Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open ‑ in which year you had the best approach? In which you get in the best condition?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah, I don’t know. Best condition?

I mean, all of them were pretty difficult. I mean, can’t really count Wimbledon because I had absolutely no expectations there.

The US Open I felt like I was ready to win my second Grand Slam there. I don’t know why. It was just a feeling I had. I was playing, you know, extremely good tennis.

I mean, it’s really tough to compare. Every situation is different. Look, there are times when you feel really great and you come out and nothing seems to work.

There are times where before the Wimbledon final I had a fever, I was sick, and I thought I maybe couldn’t even play. I was really worried. I went out, and it was like nothing bothered me.

So I don’t know. Just depends.



Q. Hopefully if you get the win here Saturday…

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe you can ask me after?



Q. Yes. Do you think that your mom, you would say to her, Well, stay throughout Wimbledon; I’m not gonna let you go home? Would she be scared of you not letting her go back home because you’re doing so well with her?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I don’t feel that bad for her. She’s been in Rome, Madrid, Paris, walking the streets, shopping, going to museums. I don’t think she would mind if I tell her that.

But, yeah, I mean, I’m happy when she travels with me. It makes my life so much easier, and she’s just such a calm influence for me. Yeah, I always enjoy whether it’s on the road or at home. We’re very good friends.



Q. Can you talk a little bit about resiliency? You have had some tough losses in finals this year, but you just keep coming back and back and back. Doesn’t seem like they bother you that much, and now you’re back in another big one. How do you deal with it, and how do you realistically put them behind you and not think about them?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, it’s about understanding that you did something well enough to get to that position, to get into the finals, and about realizing that when you get to the finals, I mean, you’re not done. You know, you have to keep going. You have to keep playing with the same intensity, same level. You’ve got to be even better.

That’s pretty much the way to look at it. But, I mean, resiliency is important, because if you let things get to you and losses and words and negative things, then it can be frustrating.

But, I mean, after I came back from injury I’ve been much better at not allowing those things to bother me. Results, and, you know, little things that can maybe, you know, make your mind go crazy, they don’t bother me so much now.
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