Q. Can we assume that you were fairly spent after
the last match. Was it kind of a little bit tough to get
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course everyone that played a long match
in those conditions is going to feel physically and emotionally
tired, and that's the way it goes.
You just have to find a way to get through it. You know,
that's what I did. It was quite tough in the end. She
had a set point and she had a chance to level the match out, which
is something I probably wouldn't want to do, is go into a third
I was I was happy I was able to finish it in two.
Q. Did you change your normal preparation routine
after what happened on Thursday to today, or was it just business
as usual in the way you prepared?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I think it was just a lot more
recovery, not so much the preparation for today.
Q. Each time you were challenged in the second set
you were up a break on her back. You must draw a lot of
strength on that on a day when your serve wasn't necessarily
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I can take a few positives
from this match. One being the fact that I was able to win it
not playing my best tennis. There are definitely things I'm
going to have to improve and do better moving forward, because it
only is going to get tougher.
But, yeah, I am happy that I took my chances, you know, even
though it was pretty close in that second set.
Q. You went to practice after the match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh huh.
Q. So basically you wanted to hit more balls?
Are you feeling just a little bit lack of match play?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I just didn't have a great
rhythm. It's sometimes nice just to be able to come off the
court and groove, just to get a good hit on the ball.
Conditions were a little bit tricky from one end, and, you know,
balls were flying a bit. I just wanted to get a good rhythm
Q. Back to the match play, I think you have had
three matches after Roland Garros last year and now six. Is
that enough for you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm hoping that it is. You
know, I still feel like in certain situations I am a bit rusty and
I'm not closing it out when I have to or maybe going for a little
much or overthinking it a bit.
That will come. I'm not worried about that. Those are
the as long as I feel like I'm doing the right
things and I'm playing the way I want to play, if I'm making those
types of errors, they are going to go in eventually.
Q. Can you tell us what sort of recovery is
different after playing in 40 degree heat? Also, how long did
it take you to actually feel normal again?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just a lot more ice baths and a lot
more like hand treatment and hot and cold baths. Just a lot
of things. I was just really working my physio. He had
a long evening.
Q. You raced to a great start in the first
set. Would you say the second set, would you say it was a
drop in intensity for you or did she play better?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A little bit. I think it's a
combination of both. I think there are a few different times
where I think I could have taken control of the match. You
know, one of those is in the third game of that second set where,
you know, I felt like I was doing the right things, playing solid,
you know, moving forward.
And then once I lost that game I think my concentration dropped a
little bit. Then I got it going again. So there was a
few ups and downs, and that's something that I definitely want to
eliminate going forward.
Q. The Olympics is coming up real soon. I
understand you're going to have a gig as a commentator with
NBC. Can you talk about that? Excited about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Everyone seems to think I will be
commentating on winter sports. I'm not a bobsledding expert
(Laughter.) I will confirm I won't be commentating.
I'm going to be showcasing the city of Sochi to a worldwide
audience, and we will be doing a few segments. I'm going to
be with a few different co hosts around the city, in the village,
and then I'm going to be a doing a few segments in the studio with
Bob Costas, as well.
Q. There have been those gay related laws that have
come into play, and Billy Jean, Martina, Blake, god number of
people have spoken about that. What are your thoughts about
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have discussed the issue a couple
of times, and quite recently when I did an interview for The New
York Times. I said everything I wanted to say there about
Q. How is the shoulder going? Do you feel more
confident with every game that it's A okay?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have definitely had quite a
few tests. You know, the back to back matches in Brisbane,
three setter there, and then playing the next day, coming here,
I think these are all really good tests. As I said, I think
recovery for the rest of my career is going to be extremely
important, making sure I do the right amount of work to the right
amount of rest that I give it.
But it's feeling good.
Q. Do you feel like you have been a little under the
radar this week because you haven't played your best? Is it
possible for you to go through a first week sort of unobtrusively a
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know if that's for me to
judge. I got through the rounds that I have had to play so
far, and I will be looking to hopefully be doing that
Q. Talk about playing Cibulkova. She's played
you tough before. It's a totally different matchup than
Cornet or Knapp.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course. She's a great
retriever of the ball. It's going to be a very physical
match. She likes to make it physical. That's when she
plays her best.
Obviously I don't want to go there with her (smiling).
But, no, she's a tough opponent. That's for sure. She
plays a lot of top players extremely well and tough and has nothing
to lose, so I'm expecting a tough one the next round.
Q. Azarenka went on quite a bit talking about how
wonderful her grandmother is and Casey Dellacqua did the same thing
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Who doesn't like their grand
mothers? I mean... I mean, they cook, they clean, they
tell you you're the best. What's not to like?
Q. There are some great old pictures of you being
held by your grandma. Just talk about them.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, not the grandfathers?
Just the grandmothers?
Q. Just the grandmas.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I know they are a little lazy.
No, I have great grandmothers. Both of them live in one in
Belarus and one still is in Russia. My mom's side mother, she
comes to the United States quite a bit. Like once a year I
try to force her to come, but my grandfather is usually not very
happy about that.
They don't usually come at the same time, but it's really nice to
see her. I think you have a lot of memories from your
childhood growing up, and she's the one that raised my mother and
you see so many similarities.
I love spending time with both of them.
Q. Azarenka's grandma came to LA. I think they
went to Disneyland. How about sometime arranging a double
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think my grandmother would refuse
to go to Disneyland (smiling).
Q. You're older and than Grigor and a multiple Grand
Slam champion. He's making his way up the rankings. Do
you ever talk or joke about that rubbing off on him?MARIA
SHARAPOVA: I don't know if that's a joke. Is it?
I don't know. (Smiling). Which part of it is a joke,
Q. Well, do you ever discuss it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's better. No, not
really. We have a lot of different topics we discuss.
That's not one of them.