Q. Can you make comments on your performance
today? Compared with your performance with Li Na yesterday,
it seems that Li Na has similar mistakes as you did today. Is
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, Victoria played a really good
match. You know, she just did many things much better than I
I felt like when I had the chance, I was just making errors
in situations where I had opportunities to get back in the set or
in the match. Little windows, but as small as they were, I
thought that I just didn't take them.
Even in the second set on a couple of her games, it was
Love‑30, I would, you know, miss second‑serve errors, which against
somebody who is No. 1 in the world you can't really
So, yeah, I just really need to cut back on those errors
that I made today.
Q. Some spectators believe that you have more unforced
errors than the previous matches. What might be the reasons
for that? The second question is how are you going to make
comments on your overall performance in China Open this
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I definitely made more errors
than the previous round, but I think it also had to do with, you
know, with the way she played. I think she played
Her ball was very deep today. I just didn't have a lot
of time to, you know, really play the way I wanted to.
But overall, I mean, I came here not playing at a high level
in Tokyo, and, you know, with every match I played better.
Obviously it's unfortunate to lose in the final, but I felt for the
results I have had here in the past, I felt this was definitely a
step in the right direction.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.
Q. One thing I noticed tonight was that she had these
wrist bands that were the exact same color, same bright, you know,
neon color as a tennis ball. Did that cross your mind at all,
and if so, did it bother you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not at all.
Q. So looking ahead, how are you going to prepare for
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it will be in a couple of
weeks. Yeah, it's the last one of the year. Obviously a
great achievement to get in that spot. It's always kind of
the goal in the beginning of the year. You really want to
make it and be one of the girls to make it to the last
So I'm excited to have that opportunity. I have been
part of that tournament for many years. You know, I was a bit
injured last year there, so, I mean, like I said, everything that I
have played after Tokyo this year I feel is a bonus for me since I
was injured in that part of the year.
I'm really looking forward to it. Everyone that's in
that draw has had a tremendous year and is a really good
player. It will be tough, but, you know, I have a couple of
weeks to get ready and practice. Yeah.
Q. You looked really tired today. Your physical
condition actually looks like you're not as good as
yesterday. Is it because of the tough game with Li Na
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I didn't feel it. I just
thought I was making a lot of mistakes, really.
Q. I'm just wondering, I know it's kind of a fact of
this kind of lifestyle, but obviously there is some political
unrest going on between Turkey and Syria. Do you ever think
of those things when you go to places like that, or do you just put
it out of your mind and say, Hopefully everything is going to be
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, of course you hope everything
is going to be okay. But I think the tour will do a good job
of monitoring whether we go there and if it's safe for
That was one of the things that, you know, we discussed a
lot about Japan and going there after what happened. You
know, some people were not sure if they wanted, you know, with the
health hazards‑wise, and in a particular situation like this, I'm
sure we're not just going there without any information and without
any knowledge of what's happening.
We have a lot of security and safety there. Maybe it
will just be a little bit more extreme than normal, but it's
okay. I'm not worried about it.
Q. In the beginning of this season you lost in
Melbourne, the final. Did you try to make a difference in
preparation before today's game and why it didn't
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That was eight months ago, so I don't
really think about the preparations. I'm more focused on the
new game. You know, obviously I lost more times to her this
year than I have beaten her, so I really certainly wanted to try to
change that around, but it just didn't happen today.
Q. If you can list one particular moment as your best
memory in China Open this year, what will it be?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: My best memory? Well, I mean,
like I said, I haven't done well in this tournament for so many
years. You know, I came here a couple days before and
prepared, and then I really wanted to play good
Today was not the best showing of that, but overall, I had
really good five matches. You know, I have a lot to look
forward to going forward.
Q. We know that Sugarpova will be in Australia next
year, so when can we buy Sugarpova in China?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. The sooner the
markets buy it, the better. Maybe you can help me out with
Yeah, the next launch is going to be in Australia. We
had a pretty good meeting here, and hopefully it will be coming
Q. After the competition, will you stay more in
Beijing? If you will, where will you go, Great Wall or other
place of interest?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I would love to, but, you know, when
you're on the road for so long and you're playing tournaments, you
really miss home. We don't get to spend so much time at home
during the year, so I will be flying home tomorrow.
But if I had the choice, I would definitely visit the Great
Wall again, because I went six years ago, and it was a lot of
climbing up, not too much down. I took the slide down.
The slide was fun, really fun. Maybe someone can help me get
up, and then I'll take the slide down next time.
Q. Going back to the match tonight, you mentioned you
had a lot of errors. What is it about Azarenka's return and
her serve that makes it difficult for you to finish those
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, she plays really well
inside the baseline, and she likes to be the aggressive
player. We play kind of similar. I mean, there are no
secrets between each other. She likes to step in early and
take the first ball and control it and not be on the defense.
She did a really good job of that today.
Q. When would you launch Sugarpova in the Middle
East? Maybe in Dubai.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Step by step, baby steps. You
have no idea how much it takes to actually produce all the
different labels for each market. It's a lot of work, and I'm
learning a lot more about that than I probably should.
But it's a lot of work. I hope soon, sooner than
later. I mean, to get it launched in the United States, I
mean, the customs, like three days before it got to Henri Bendel's,
it was stuck in customs and it might have not gotten out, and that
would have been a disaster. I would have had to put like fake
candy in the bags.
But I hope soon. I mean, I think next year will be a
really big step in us going into different markets.