Q. Based on your current ranking, it should be very
much easy for you to defeat a opponent, but the whole procedure is
not that relaxed as we expected. How are you going to make an
adjustment into your fitness?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think that's one of the
reasons why there is a draw and we go out and play matches is
because you still have to go out there no matter what your ranking
is or your opponent's and you have to try and win the
Certainly the scoreline was quite, you know, difficult, you
know, but I was up in those two sets and I let her get back into
it, you know. But at the end of the day I won the match in
two sets. I'm happy to be through.
Q. Actually for the two sets today you eventually made
the win possible. The second question is: Actually the
audience and the court are going to cheer for you. Would you
bother to make an evaluation to those fans?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I was certainly‑‑ you know, I
put myself in a good position in both of those sets being up a
break, and I let her back in the match a couple of
That's certainly, you know, not the best thing, not exactly
I'm proud of it, but the good thing was I was able to regain my
focus and win that match no matter how good she was coming back and
But I certainly ‑‑it's been a couple of years since I played
here. The support today was incredible, you know, even from
the practice courts to the match. It's been really, really
nice to see how many fans I have here.
You know, you travel around the world, but, you know, you
play so many tournaments, but really the appreciation of tennis
here has been really nice to see. They are so enthusiastic,
and everyone wants autographs and pictures. It's just nice to
Q. Actually, for one game you should have the break
point. At that point audience said, Maria, I love you, so
would that influence you at that moment?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not really.
Q. After you got French Open title, you got the Grand
Slam, so I want to understand what might be your next
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I have a lot of goals. I
don't usually like to talk about my goals. I just like to
work for them, and when I achieve them, then I like to talk about
them, that it's a goal that I really wanted to achieve and
But the reason I play this sport is because I believe that I
could be better, that I could win more Grand Slams. I'm still
very young, I have the passion and energy for it. That's what
keeps me going. I have a lot of things in my life that tennis
has brought me, but I still feel like there is a lot more that I
can accomplish in the sport.
Q. I think in the WTA ranking, actually a lot of young
juniors is catching up. Do you feel a lot of pressure from
those junior players? How are you going to still keep very
good fitness faced with those pressures?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I have been on the tour for
many years. I started as a young teenager, and I'm 25 years
old now. I feel like I have seen a lot of different
The reality of it is it's not like your generation is going
to be the only one playing tennis. You're always going to see
new up‑and‑comers and talent, you know, great players that are
juniors and that are making the transition from the juniors to the
pros, you know, and it's part of it.
When you retire, there's always going to be somebody that
takes your place in the rankings and the draws. That's just
the reality of it. I feel like I'm somewhere in the
middle. When I came up, you know, you had Justine and Kim and
the Williamses, and I felt I was kind of the younger of the
bunch. Now I'm somewhere in the middle.
You see a couple of retirements, some are still playing, and
then you see a younger generation. I'm really kind of smack
in the middle.
THE MODERATOR: English questions, please.
Q. There was a point in the first set where you
dropped a few games and you called your coach over. After
that you were able to come back and win the first set. What
did your coach say to you, and how did you get the mental toughness
to overcome that and win the set?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think in moments like that, you
know, especially in situations when you find yourself up and then
losing a few games, it's more of a motivation thing and just for
him to come out and give you a little bit of positive words and
motivation and energy.
Really, it's not like they're going to say something that's
going to change things around so much, because when you're in the
third set and it's 5‑All, 6‑All, you know, you're not really going
to pay attention to anything around you. You really go out
and play with instinct.
In a moment like that, he just said to keep going for
it. You lost your concentration a little bit. You
started the match really well. There's no reason why you
can't get that momentum back.