Q. Obviously this was a late finish for you.
What was it like fighting out there? Talk about the
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was a very physical
match. Just came down just to a few points in the end.
I think today was an example of not playing my best tennis at all,
fighting through it, hanging in there, and getting it
I mean, obviously I didn't play the way I wanted to from the
beginning. I didn't break her once in the first set.
Just wasn't doing a lot on my returns; wasn't playing aggressive
But I fought and I won, so I'm happy.
Q. You seemed to be disagreeing with your coach at
points during the match. Was that tactics from before the
match or when he visited you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was just aggravated because I was
making errors and wasn't doing the right things.
In the heat of the moment got to blame it on someone,
right? It's never on yourself. (Laughter.)
Q. Did you feel like at any time you were playing the
match on your terms, or was that not until the very end of the
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I feel like I was doing the
right things. Obviously there's a reason why she's No. 4 in
the world. She showed that today. Her capability of
anticipating where the ball goes and getting it back. No
matter if it's, you know, a hard shot or a lower slice that has no
pace, she makes you work for it.
She did until the end. I found a way to get through
those points against her which is not always easy, especially on a
slower court like this. But I managed.
Q. So do you feel only happiness or is it more just
relief that you got through it and a little bit of frustration
trying to move on to get the level you want?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not frustrated. Just
wondering when I'm going to go sleep. Aren't we
Q. Absolutely. In the middle of the third set, I
heard an impression that you shouted to Radwanska, Run run.
Was I mistaken, or it was your plan to force her to
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I was doing all the running,
so, I mean, I wish I could watch the tape of this match. I
mean, there is not one time in the first set where I felt like I
was controlling and moving forward.
In that point, I finally like moved in and hit an approach
shot winner for the first time, so I was just happy about