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Old Jan 17th, 2011, 08:01 PM   #1501
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Does anyone have a Video of the last press conference Maria made?
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Day 3: Wednesday, 19 January

Hisense Arena

11:00 AM Start

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[1] vs. Vania King(USA)



Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Janko Tipsarevic(SRB) vs. Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[9]



Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Virginie Razzano(FRA) vs. Maria Sharapova(RUS)[14]




Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Ivan Dodig(CRO) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]


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Maria`s AO R1 interview:

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Q. Can you talk a little bit about the approach to your second serve this year. You're still trying to hit it fairly big, but you're also taking a bit of a risk with doubles. Do you feel eventually that is going to come around to where you can actually hit it big enough and make it somewhat of a weapon?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think, you know, at certain points I definitely feel like I can, you know, go for bigger ones. But on different days the spin feels a little bit different to me.

That's something that I've really had to adjust to; whereas, you know, maybe before when I was younger, before the surgery, I'd step up to the line and all the type of different spins, whether I hit a kick or slice, were a lot more natural. I didn't really have to think about jumping up and putting something extra on the ball.

Now if I don't, then, you know, my arm, I don't really feel the spin sometimes. That's something that I really have to concentrate on, definitely more on the second than on the first.

Q. You're saying you don't feel the spin? Why? You don't have feeling in your arm or hand like before?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, just sometimes it's not as free as other days. Been serving really good in practice. Uhm, I think sometimes it's just about, you know, bringing that out into the matches, yeah.
I feel so sorry for Maria.

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MARIA SHARAPOVA: My return to the game?

Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Or serve return?

Q. Return to the game.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Listen, I wish I could be No. 1 in the world today, last year, right when I came back. But I think everything is a process, you know. It really is. I've had many challenges in my career, you know, before today. A lot of it was trying to win Grand Slams and trying to get to No. 1. A lot of it was trying to get back from my injury.

Now it's a challenge of trying to get back to where I want to be. And, uhm, you know, everything in life I think is a process. You have to keep working at it. I think it depends if you really want it or not.

I think I had a really long time to think about whether I wanted it or not, and I certainly did. So, uhm, yeah.
To hear this makes me so happy. Maria really wants it, is motivated and hungry.

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Tennis channel confirmed that Maria officially split with Joyce.
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Tennis channel confirmed that Maria officially split with Joyce.
Wow! That is big news. Thomas Hogstedt a former Swedish tennis professional is Masha's new coach. I hope it works. I think it was time for a change. But I must tip my hat to Michael Joyce for all he did for Maria over the years.
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Yep it looks like its def gonna be permanent

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Old Jan 19th, 2011, 12:25 AM   #1507
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Well, I guess that was semi-expected after they were "taking a break", right?

She probably needed to change it up anyway.
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Q. Slow start. Looked like a tough match today.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes.

Q. How would you assess it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it is definitely a slow start. I think after I had been waiting for a long time, you know, she came out playing really well. Deep, hard, low, making me hit a lot balls and I was just making a lot of unforced errors and it was just going one way.

The most important thing was that I didn't let go of that set, even though I was down 3 0, Love 40. Just played it a point at a time, and little by little got back in the set and won that one. Then stayed tough in the end there. That's the most important thing.

Q. In hindsight, was it a match you needed?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely. Looking back, obviously you want to play faster matches with an easier scoreline. That would be great, but it's also good to play these types matches where you're put in a situation where you have to find a way to win, especially when your opponent is playing really well as well. I think that's something that I'm happy with today.

Q. How long did it take for you to figure out her patterns?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: She's someone that plays really flat and she loves her down the lines. Also has a pretty flat first serve. In the beginning I was having little bit of trouble with that. I think I was not staying low enough.

Yeah, and then I started making her play a little bit and made her think. Then she started going for it a little bit. But overall, she played a good, quality match. I really needed to step it up.

Q. Seemed pretty relaxed. Are you enjoying just being able to get about your busy and not worrying about Caroline being No. 1 or Kim being the favorite? Can you just forget about it and just play tennis?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, I've been there and I've been No. 1; I've won Grand Slams; I've been in a position where, you know, in semifinals or finals in Grand Slams where I've faced tough opponents and had to beat them in order to be the champion.

I've done that in my career. This is a different stage in my career. This is where I'm trying to find my groove after being gone for a while, and also finding it on the court and playing matches. I'm enjoy that. I mean, it's also tough to say that you're enjoying when you're struggling a little bit and maybe not winning the matches that you want to be winning. But when you're feeling like you're on the right path, it's gratifying that you're out there and just trying to improve, really.

Q. With things happening off court, is there a certain freedom on court that you haven't experienced before, freedom of not having to wait, always be that person that's at the pointy end of the field? You can adjust get about doing your trade?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's really a matter of being in the zone, being in your own zone. Whether you're going to a tournament and you're the favorite or whether the people think you need to prove something. Everyone is in a different stage in their careers. As the years go on, there's always a new generation that is behind you. When you retire there's always going to be the next you, a better you. That was the way tennis is and sport is. In the time when you're playing, you want to try to make your mark as much as you can and go out there and do your business. That's what I try to do.

Q. Your return games were pretty good, but the serve games you're still struggling. I'm guessing it's going to be important for to you hold more frequently.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I served much better today. I was definitely smarter in many ways. With the wind going one side, I did a good job of having to change a few things, and I was able to do that within the match.

Yeah, I think it's also a little bit of, you know, the serve and the first volley. I missed a few of those today.

In the beginning, I was just not really ready for her deep balls. Maybe that's something that I'll work on, just reacting a little faster.

Q. So how well do you know Goerges? Doesn't she wear your collection?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she wears my collection. I played her last year in Strasbourg on clay. She's playing really well. I mean, she won her first tournament I believe last year. Yeah, she has a big first serve and she's a big hitter. You know, work on a few things tomorrow to get ready for that.

But, yeah, I'm expecting her to play well because I think she will go out and not have much to lose.

Q. Do you have any control over what she wears?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have a lot of input in the design of what she wears. I can't force her to wear something if she doesn't like it. She's liked all of it so far since she started wearing it. It's good news.
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Old Jan 19th, 2011, 09:39 AM   #1510
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I just love her attitude
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always smart aswers by maria just love it
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Old Jan 19th, 2011, 11:25 PM   #1513
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top 10 is a bit exaggerated top 20 for the first 5-6 games, yeah
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