Q. Looking back, that 3‑3 game in the first set, how
pivotal do you think that was?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I just remember it was a really
long one. I was ready for a water break.
I was happy that it was over and I got the break. I
mean, you know, I felt like I had so many chances in that
game. I didn't take them. She had a few game
So we were really back and forth, but that was a very
Q. When you have a game like that, seven deuces, I
think, when you're in the middle of it, were you kind of thinking,
This could point the direction of the match or you don't think that
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely, because I was down
1‑3 so it was a very important game. I felt like, you know,
after, I broke back, I held my serve, I felt like I had a bit of
But then with that game you swing back and forth, it was
‑‑that was a very important game.
Q. Conditions? Windy? Was it difficult out
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, not easy. You know, not
easy for the both of us with the heat and the wind. Just one
of those days where you know you might not be playing your best
tennis. I certainly wasn't today.
I got through, and I'm on to the next one.
Q. No. 2 in the world. Sometimes they say No. 2
tries harder. How much motivation does that give you?
You could actually end up No. 1 at the end of this
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's always a great position to
be in when you put yourself in a position to be close to No.
1. I mean, I don't take that for granted for any time of the
But I also know that it's important to be level‑headed and
think about the next one rather than the end result or how other
people are going to do and where your ranking is going to stand
depending on other people's results and not just
So my theory on that is just to try to win as many matches
on your end, and that gives you a better chance to be on
Q. On the subject of motivation, there are many
tournaments you haven't won. This is one of them. You
won a lot of matches here, but you haven't had the trophy.
When you arrive here, how much is that in the back of your
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's in the back of my mind
because I would love to be the champion here. As you
mentioned, it's one of the biggest tournaments for us and it's one
that I have the most consistent at being in four finals but yet not
winning it yet.
I would definitely love to go a step further
Q. You have talked about being here, and I know I have
read it a couple times but I love the story. I guess your
parents come here and taking pictures.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.
Q. Can you talk about your memories and things by the
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I saw they took that
away, so it's now like a little palm tree in the
Yeah, I remember coming here, because we were living in
Bradenton and it was just a four‑hour drive down. We'd watch
Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and I remember watching Marcelo Rios
playing. I loved watching him play, and especially the late
night and all the Latin fans are still. It's probably 11:00,
close to midnight, and they were going strong.
It was a great atmosphere. So, yeah, I was a fan and
now I'm a player here.
Q. I'm amazed at how your tennis has evolutionated
[sic]. Do you think your screams have evolutionated as well
with your tennis?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I don't.
Q. You think you scream the same as the first time you
came to Miami?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's not for me to judge.
It's more for you.
Q. Did you see the story about Serena coming to work
on a bicycle?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. (Laughter.)
Q.She decided the traffic was too bad yesterday so she
cycled up the road from her hotel.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think she's staying down the
road. I mean, if she was somewhere on Brickell or on South
Beach that would make for a better story.
Q. Have you ever ridden to the tournament on a
bicycle? Martina used to do that at Wimbledon.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I don't think I have. I
haven't ridden a bicycle since I was five years old.
Q. You have won at least I guess one title 11 years in
a row. It's very impressive. I think Navratilova,
Evert, and Graf are the only three women who have done that.
Can you talk a little bit about that and the continuity and
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have been on the tour for so
many years, and I'm very grateful that I have been able to
obviously play to be able to play tournaments and to be able to win
some of them.
Yeah, that is kind of surprising, because during that time I
was also away from the game with an injury for a long time, you
know, for nine months. It wasn't from like a January to the
end of the year.
But, yeah, I'm very happy that I have been able to achieve
Q. How is your collarbone and shoulder?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Good. It's doing very
Q. And your opponent, Klara, I guess it's
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Zakopalova, yeah.
Q. She's your next opponent. She gave you a
tough match I guess at the French Open.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.
Q. I guess you guys are...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, played her in Doha as well a
couple months ago. I don't know when it was.
She's a tricky one because she's a grinder. She gets
so many balls back and makes you hit a lot. You can never
underestimate her game.
Q. Just coming back to the match today for a
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.
Q. You dropped six games, but the scoreline doesn't
really reflect how close the match actually was. What was it
that really allowed you to come through today? You seemed to
do better when you were facing break points.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I know. Isn't it amazing what
happens when you're down? You just switch on?
I think it was a matter of patience. I mean, I think,
you know, from the warmup the conditions are not great.
You're facing an opponent that, you know, she's very capable of
playing good tennis.
Maybe her ranking is not, you know, where she wants it to be
right now, but she's beaten me before. I think the last time
we played in Beijing. You know, I know what type of tennis
she can produce.
In situations like this where it's tough and it's hot, it
kind of levels out the game a little bit as well, you know, with
the windy conditions, because you have to be a bit more
patient. That was really important today.
Q. I wanted to know ‑‑ and I am probably saying it
wrong ‑‑ is it Sugar...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sugarpova, yeah. It's not that
hard to say.
Q. Do you, like, walk around with it on
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I used to, but I thought it wasn't
very good for the hips or for the bottom.
Q. You said you have a sweet tooth. Other than
your own candy, what's your favorite sweet?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I like Nutella a lot. Nutella
on crepes, that's one of my favorites. When I'm in Paris I
kind of go crazy on that.
It changes all the time, actually.
I mean, the reason I got into gummies was because when I
moved to the States when I was seven or eight, I saw like Gummy
Bears and gummy‑type candies, and I had never seen that in Russia
So I was quite amazed, and I was like, I can't wait to bring
this back to my friends, especially at movie theatres when you go
and you choose all the different types of flavors. I think
that's one of the reasons I was so excited about lunching it and
lunching something that I have very fond memories of.
Q. The one with the marshmallow sounds
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it has like a middle
marshmallow. That's quirky.
Q. Do you like Cuban food?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I don't discriminate
food. I like all types of food.