Q. You have played three matches in three
days. You have yet to lose a set. Is everything going
to plan? Are you happy with your performance here so
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I had a long first round, even
though it was two sets, but, you know, today and yesterday was
definitely a little bit quicker. I was happy with the way I
You know, I played really well in the beginning and got a
little tense in the second set, but I felt like I really needed
that challenge. It's nice to be in the quarterfinal stage of
Q. Do you feel tired at all, having played three
matches in three days?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. Well, actually I had a day
in between the first and the second, but, I mean, I have played so
many events where you had to play back to back. I mean, the
Olympics was six days in a row, so that was quite an
You know, it's just really‑‑ you know, I'm experienced
enough to know how I recover and what I have to do in order to get
ready. That's something maybe that bothered me six, seven
years ago. It would be tough for me to recover. But I
do a much better job of it now.
Q. In the last few years you suffered several
injuries. This year you seem pretty well. Do you have
some new plan for your recovery?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I did. I had a tough
injury, and it kept me away from the sport for almost a
But apart from the shoulder, knock on wood, you know,
overall my body has been really healthy. I was able to
recover from that. You know, and that doesn't mean that I
don't have to do anything in order to prevent it from happening
again. You know, every day I have to do, you know, little
exercises to keep my shoulder strong.
You know, the older you get‑‑ I know I'm only 25, but when
you're playing tennis from a young age, it's so important to warm
up your body and to recover. The little stretches that you
do, they sometimes don't seem so meaningful at that particular
time, but they're so important.
Yeah, it's just about maintenance. You know, when your
body is healthy, it helps you so much when you're on the
Q. Can you talk about the fun side of combined
events? Do you actually watch some men's matches, or do you
have lunch together in players' restaurant, or do you socialize a
little bit in the players' lounge?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I'm not the social type in the
players' lounge. It hasn't really been my repertoire. I
do my job and I come here, and I honestly sometimes don't know
who's playing and who's not.
You know, the tournament for me is when I come here and I
have an opponent that I have to face and I get ready for and I play
that match. I mean, once this press conference is over and
I'll eat something, I'll be back in my hotel and not knowing what's
going on later today. You know, I'll probably maybe see the
result of who my next opponent is.
But as far as focusing what's going on around and who's
talking with who, I don't know, it's just none of my
Q. Just like this one, you had three very easy wins to
push you into Round 4 of this year's tournament. What's the
key to your well‑rounded performance?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Very good English. I think
that's the best English spoken by a Chinese on my trip
Yeah, you can say it's been two sets and it's been easy, but
in any particular situation and any match you go into‑‑ you know,
look at the match today. I was up a set and I was up a break
and played a couple loose points, and then all of a sudden your
opponent, you know, starts feeling better, gets a little bit of
confidence and makes the match difficult.
So there's no such thing as a really easy match. You
know, there can be so many swings from the hour, three hours that
you can be on the court, so it's really about maintaining that
focus and concentration from the start to the end.
Even if you have a few moments where you feel like you have
a little bit of a letdown, I try to recover from it as fast as I
Q. In the past few days you have answered a few
questions about Sugarpova. My question is: Among all
the business opportunities you had, why you choose candy to start
your own business?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because I eat way too much of it,
and, well, I love food and I love candy. And the reason it
was gummies is because when I came from Russia to the United States
and I first tried a Gummy Bear worm, nobody has ever seen that in
Russia. It really fascinated me and I loved it.
I mean, when the name came out, I thought it was just so fun
and young. Then I put two together. Then I did a lot of
research on brands that make this type of candy.
When I would ask my friends, like, what's their favorite
gummy, they would tell me a particular shape that they liked.
They would never tell me a brand.
Then it just clicked in my head that that is something I
want to change, you know, that in the future when people ask what
their favorite gummies are, they say Sugarpova. They don't
say it's worms or something like that.
That kind of clicked. It's kind of where it all
Q. Have you ever been to Russian District in
Beijing? If you have been there, what's your opinion about
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't been. No, I haven't
been there. I visited the Great Wall a few years ago, but,
you know, the unfortunate life of a tennis player, sometimes you
don't get to visit as much as you hope.
We do get to go to some really nice cities, but there really
isn't a lot of time to visit‑‑ you know, I have traveled to so many
great cities this year, and, I mean, I can't even ‑‑I don't even
remember seeing something spectacular and new and being a
Maybe once or twice I think in Rome. Then in Paris I
went to see Moulin Rouge because I had the evening off.
That's really as good as it gets for a tennis player, because you
get to the tournament, you're trying to prepare for it, and then
you finish and then you're on to the next one or you've been on the
road for so long you just want to sleep in your own
I think I'll have so much time to travel when I'm done with