Q. Was it a routine win or was it tough out there
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I thought it was a tough one, you
know, I thought. She's a quality player. She's capable
of playing really good tennis. I think this is, you know, the
best that she's been ranked. As far as consistency, this is
the most consistent she's‑‑ the results have been so consistent in
the last year.
She's dangerous. She's beaten top players in Grand
Slams before, you know. She has a really solid game, a lot of
variety, but she can hit the ball, as well.
A few things that I definitely want to improve for the next
one. But, yeah, I was happy I got through on not a great
Q. She's a name you really don't want to see early in
a tournament just because she has the potential to...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think, you know, she's one of
the players that when she has nothing to lose I think she's a bit
more free and doesn't think too much. She can be quite
Q. Any explanation for how you signed the camera after
the match, or is that just going to be a secret?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, that's pretty much staying
here. (Indicating by her face.)
Q.Women's tennis is a sport that's built on great champions, like
Billie Jean King, Chris, Martina, Seles, Graf. For the fun of
it, if you could go back and play one match against one great
champion who you never played, who would you enjoy doing
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Probably against Steffi. I
admired her game. I admired her focus.
I'd probably say Monica, but I have played Monica before,
and just because I got to see a little bit of her game and how she
played when I was young and a junior, you know, towards the end of
her career. You know, she's very professional and very
businesslike, and I admired that of her.
Q. Do you have to attack her slice backhand or
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, that would be tricky. I
think it would be tricky till this day for anyone.
Q. There aren't that many one‑handed backhands in the
game, so when you prepare to play somebody like a Suarez Navarro or
a lefty, how much practice do you put in before with with a
practice partner that has that sort of different type of
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A little more, definitely, just
because they're able to open the court a little bit more with the
angle and they use the slice a lot more when they're a
one‑hander. I think it's more about working‑‑ you know,
having someone hit you a few more slices than usual in practice,
because most one‑handers, they usually have a pretty good
Yeah, against me they like to use that. You know, make
sure I practice that before the match.
Q. The noise you make when you hit the ball, the USTA
and the ITF are thinking about squashing that or eventually
removing any ability to make any noise when you hit. What are
your thoughts about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: What does squashing
Q. Squashing means you won't be able to do
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, that's interesting. That's
a new one. I learned that today.
Well, I agree with ‑‑ you know, I agree with the plan.
You know, I'm all for it, you know, if that's something that ‑‑it's
one thing when you tell someone to stop doing something in the
middle of someone's career when you've done it for a really long
It's another thing to put it in the minds of coaches and
young players and juniors especially that are just starting that
have a lot of time to change things, such as something in their
game or their breathing technique.
But, yeah, I'm all for it.
Q. You talk sometimes of getting a kind of education
away from the classroom.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh‑huh.
Q. Of the different companies you have dealt with ‑
and there have been so many ‑ which company do you think you have
learned the most from or which is the most
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think the most work that I have put
in was probably Cole Haan because I worked really hard to make that
happen in the first place. You know, I really wanted
that. I wanted that collaboration, and it took a couple years
for it to happen.
Once I got the belief and the trust from, you know, the
people within the brand and they saw the success and once we
started, I was able to really be involved with it.
Yeah, we created some really great collections, you
Q. Would you be a good corporate boss, do you
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, that's scary, to think about it
like that. I don't like being the boss, because I think the
one thing that I have learned is that it's a team effort in every
single business. It's not about one person doing a
collection. It's a collaboration between so many within the
company and so many minds and so many ideas.
No one knows everything. No one person. So it
takes a lot of great thoughts and ideas to come together on the
table and create something.
Q. Have you ever met Tim Gunn?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, no.
Q. Do you watch that show?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.
Q. Talk about Nike. They have worked with so
many tennis players, back to McEnroe and Agassi. What's the
dynamic there? Do they have a number of teams? Is it a
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it is. Well, the creative
process, it always changes, because I have gone through a few
different teams within the brand. You know, in fashion, the
one thing that's kind of frustrating is that everyone always moves
on to different positions.
Once you get used to working with a few people, they're
always looking, you know, towards something that's higher and
bigger and better. Which you're happy for them, but then
you're ‑‑you know, you kind of start a working relationship and
then you have to change.
That's happened a few times, and that's part of the
business. It's a learning process.
But, I mean, ever since I got my collection it's been one of
the best things I have been able to be a part of, because it's ‑‑
you know, you're not creating just something for yourself.
You're creating for a 14‑year‑old girl, you're creating for someone
that plays doubles at a club, and everything that you make has to
work for them all.
That's the biggest challenge, and creating pieces that are
unique to what's out on the market and making sure that the quality
is right, that it's done, you know, with the details that you
envision from the beginning and that nothing is
Yeah, so that's been fun, because no one on the tour has had
a collection where the other players have been wearing it or that
want to wear it. I have been very blessed in that
Q. Do you have one single favorite dress?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely.
Q. (Talking over player.)
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh‑huh.
Q. Do you like watching old Hepburn
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do, yeah. I haven't watched
them in a while, but I like watching classic movies. And to
be honest, I haven't really had time to watch any movies. I
haven't been in the theater for probably like six, seven
I wish I'd have time, but I just ‑‑I really
Q. Can you talk a little bit about your next opponent,
another Spaniard? Do you know much about her?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not much. I don't know
much. But I think my coach ‑‑well, I hope my coach was out
there watching the end of that one. Yeah, I mean, did she get
through the qualifying here? Yeah.
Well, if she has, she's played a lot of matches. Yeah,
you know, I kind of played the same similar style opponents in this
tournament so far.
And, you know, I don't know too much about her, but I'm sure
I will find a couple of videos to look at and to get a good look at
myself. Sometimes you don't always believe what the coach
says, so... (Laughter.)
Q.What was the first big court you played on? Do you
remember the very first time you were on a huge court?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: As far as big, this was the first
one. This was my first biggest stadium that I have ever been
Q. What was it like the first time you had that
experience? What's it like?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think for me it was more
about ‑‑because this was my first big professional event that I was
a part of, and I think it was ‑‑maybe it's the wrong name, but I
think it was Samantha Reeves I played against in the first
round. I think I won her, and that set up the match to play
Monica. It was a big deal for me because I was 15 or
Q. Ryan was talking about it last night, to be 20 and
have played on so many big courts, and it makes a big
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it certainly does. You
don't know what to expect. I think actually the first round I
did play on center against Samantha. And then I was able to
win that one, and certainly had no chance at all in the next