Q. Compared with the first‑round match, it's very
much easy for you to win today. What kind of adjustment did
you make after first round? It's the first time for you to
play with this opponent. What's your comments on her
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have never faced this
opponent before. She has had good results, has beaten top
players before, and she's one of the players that can come out and
have a great day.
You know, she hits the ball really flat and hard. You
know, I tried to, you know, play aggressive and play my game and
maybe try and figure out her rhythm a little bit from the
beginning, especially not playing with her before.
But, yeah, I was happy I played a shorter match than the
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.
Q. Which parts of your game pleased you the most
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was just happy I took her time away
today. I think she's someone that really likes to be
aggressive and get the first shot, and, you know, hit it really
hard, as she can. I think it was really important to try to
take that away from her.
You know, I thought I served really well today, much better
than the first round. Yeah, I got some free points off of
Q. You're playing Hercog next. Have you played
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.
Q. What do you know about her? What are you
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have never played against
her. You know, I think she has a big game but also a
different game, you know, hits a lot of slice off the backhand, you
know, has a big forehand.
So, you know, it's also like coming into today's match, try
to figure your opponent out from the beginning and maybe
concentrate what you have to do and not so much about her, because
you can get a little bit carried away thinking you've never faced
her before, what it's going to be like.
I think it's just a matter of keeping that goal ahead of you
and not thinking about it too much.
Q. Can you talk about how fun it is to be in business
with your agent Max, which is actually sitting over
MARIA SHARAPOVA: How fun it is?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, goodness. It's fun.
It's also stressful sometimes. I get mad at him a lot of
times. He gets mad at me. It's a good thing we don't
see each other too often, just the right amount of time. It's
like the perfect relationship. (Laughter.)
But, yeah, we have worked together for many years, and, you
know, we kind of know what to expect from each other. We both
work really hard at what we do. You know, it's been a fun
Q. If you want to give a brief introduction about
Sugarpova to the Chinese fans, which flavor you will want them to
know? Which flavor you like most?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, my flavors have changed because
I had a favorite, and now it's called Quirky. But I think I
ate so much of it that I needed to change and I needed a new
So right now I would say my favorite is Spooky because it's
Halloween soon. They're like spiders.
I told my agent yesterday, I said, I'm craving, you know‑ no
offense to the Chinese food‑ but I'm really craving some Sugarpova
yesterday. He told me if I had a good match he'd give me one,
so he gave me my favorite after the match.
Q. (In Chinese) A lot of fans were waiting for
you outside. Will those fans produce some influence to your
practice? And you are the hot spot with Djokovic in China
Open, so do you have a very good close watch on the performance of
Djokovic because you are close friends privately?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: To be honest, I didn't even know he
was in the tournament. (Laughter.)
It's funny. It's a women's and men's event, but I
haven't actually seen ‑‑I don't spend too much time at the court,
so I don't know what's going on half the time, who's playing and
who's not. I just need to know when my match is.
The first question, it's been great to see that
support. I mean, you're in the match, you're at practice, the
fans are so enthusiastic. I think it's such a unique
experience because they really appreciate what you do, and they're
rooting for you and making these collages that probably take hours
to make, and they're singing songs.
It's just‑‑ you know, I wasn't here last year, so it's nice
to see that coming into this year.
Q. Recently you came out against grunting.
That's a pretty big part of your game. How would you
MARIA SHARAPOVA: What have I done?
Q. You recently came out against
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh. I thought you said I did
Q.Well, do you do karate?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, that's why I was really
Q. So if the WTA does start enforcing a grunt limit,
how would you make that change in your game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, they're not enforcing a grunt
limit to the active players. They're enforcing it towards the
younger generation that is starting tennis and educating the
academies and coaches around the world, you know, to teach them
certain breathing methods and techniques that will eventually
become their habits and not something that you take away or change
in a player that's been playing a certain way for many
Q. You just took part in a few games, but you won lots
of games and you won the second place in WTA. Do you think
this is a better way than took part in lots of games?
THE MODERATOR: Tournaments. You haven't played
as many tournaments but you're still No. 2.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have had pretty much the same
schedule over however many years. I think I'm one of the few
players that don't play so many tournaments. Just physically
and mentally I'm, you know, I'm not a player that can go out and
play 26, 25 tournaments a year.
You know, I try to get ready for the bigger ones, and, you
know, I think it's important to gear up for the ones that are
meaningful to you and understand, you know, how ‑‑understand what
your body responds to in terms of being healthy for those
tournaments and giving yourself a break at the right times, having
training blocks in between because that's really important to get
your body ready.
Also, I'm not 16, 17 years old anymore. I'm in the
middle of my career. You know, I don't see myself traveling
for the amount of many weeks that some of the players