Q. Congratulations. Next match you might fight
against either Li Na or Radwanska. What's your comments on
the next opponent? And also, today Kerber was injured.
You also suffer from injury before. So as a player, how are
you going to try to avoid injury either on the court or off the
court? What are you supposed to do to avoid
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I thought we played a high level of
tennis the first set and a half, and even though the scoreline was
6‑0, 3‑0, there were many games that went to deuce. She had a
few break points and long games on her serve.
I actually didn't see much of her injury. I was
surprised she called the trainer and even more so when she retired
quickly after that.
But, you know, it's no secret to everyone that we are
towards the end of the season, and there are just little things
whether it's serious or just a little thing that, you know, maybe
will go in a few days hopefully.
You know, the body‑‑ the schedule takes its toll on
everyone. It's a normal process. You know, if you feel
like it's too bad, you've got to take care of it and be on the
court when you're close to 100%.
My next round will be tough no matter what, either facing Li
Na or Radwanska. I have had difficult matches against both of
them in the past. You know, I lost to Radwanska last time in
Miami, and against Li Na we had a really long match on clay in
So either way it will be difficult.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English,
Q. So you didn't really have any sense during the
match that something might be a little bit off with her? I
mean, I know that she beat you earlier this year in Paris, and I
think she played you pretty close last time, as well. For you
to come out and dominate this time...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not really, because we had really
long rallies, and, I mean, I would say 50% of the games I felt like
were really long and went to deuce and back and forth.
It wasn't like she was just making easy errors or not going
to the ball. So maybe it got worse as the match went
on. I'm not sure.
But like I said, health is the most important thing, and
she's got to take care of it. Yeah.
Q. Is there anything that you noticed in particular
that was different playing against her today than maybe like in
Paris when she got you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I beat her after Paris. I
don't know. You keep referring to the time I lost.
Yeah, I mean, look, she's sixth in the world. There is
a reason why she's at that spot and why she's been so consistent in
the last year.
Her results have shown that, you know, she's beaten some
really great players. I mean, she's so consistent on the
court and makes you hit so many balls that sometimes you almost go
a little too much for it and end up making a few more errors than
But I really tried to stay aggressive today, really did a
good job of moving the ball around and being solid and moving in
when I could.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your candy line,
Sugarpova? Are you carrying any bags of candy with
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I wish I could say yes, but I ate it
all. There's none left.
When my manager was in town, I asked him for a few, but
otherwise I don't carry it with me because then it just becomes too
dangerous. I've got vacation in a month or so, and I need
to‑‑ you know, I'm going to be wearing bikinis, so I can't be
eating candy before. I need to be bikini‑ready.
Q. All this talk about prize money and stuff like
that, I'm just wondering, from a personal point of view, do you
feel like players are really underpaid? I mean, they seem
like "poor little me," like they make a lot of money.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: We do. We make a really good
amount of money. We're very lucky.
You mean about the Australian Open issue?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, look, I think every
athlete should be compensated for what they do and their
achievements and their result. There's no doubt about
I'm certainly not sitting in this chair and complaining
about my prize money. I'm very lucky with what I have been
able to achieve and the compensation I have received, but it
certainly is nice to see that the revenue that these Grand Slams
are receiving, which is a pretty big number compared to maybe what
the athletes get in return, you know, they're all getting together,
and the Australian Open is really the first one that took the stand
on it and said, Since we are making really good money and getting
so many people, so much interest, why not give a little more
percentage to the players, for sure?
Q. We know that next round you have a big possibility
to meet Li Na. Could you just talk about Li Na, maybe what is
your advantage and her advantage, especially when this tournament
was held in China?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, of course, if I do happen to
play against her, there's no doubt that she's playing in her home
country and she will have the support behind her, which is
absolutely normal and to be expected.
You know, she's a very tough matchup against me, because we
have always had really difficult matches. And before the one
‑‑well, I won the last two, I think, but before that she got me a
couple of times. We have been back and forth with our
But every match is always really high‑quality tennis, and
that's what I hope to expect in the next match. I mean, she's
proven why she's a Grand Slam champion with her results, and she's,
you know, been top 10 in the world for a long time. There's
no reason why it shouldn't be a good match tomorrow.
Q. Are there times as a tennis player where the
scoreline can kind of dictate your decision of whether to stay in a
match or retire from a match if you kind of have a nagging
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it all depends how serious
your injury is. I think if it's a nagging injury that's ‑‑I
mean, I think if you go on the court, you need to have a mindset
that you're going to be able to finish the match.
You know, nagging injuries are ones that just kind of are
there and are floating around, and usually you can get by them but
maybe they're not improving, but I don't think they really get you
out of retiring in a match.
I think it's the injuries that get worse within a situation
within a match that you really need to look out for.