Q. You played pretty well overall but just couldn't
get a sniff on her serve seemed like. She had a big serving
day once again.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she did serve consistently
well. I don't think I even had a break point today.
Yeah, I mean, partly because maybe I wasn't doing enough on the
returns and she was serving well. Even a few moments whether
it was 30‑All or 15‑All, I didn't really get a good
Yeah, it was one or two breaks, so 6‑4, 6‑3.
Q. Do you expect with the amount of times you played
her now that when she needs to she's going to serve well in the
clutch or come up with a big groundstroke at 30‑All or at
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's one of the reasons she's such
a great champion and has had a tremendous amount of success in her
career. There is a reason for that.
It's obviously tougher to play when you're behind, even if
it's just a break. But, yeah, I mean, got to keep moving
Q. You don't have to keep moving at this moment.
Now you get some time off to reflect and rest. What do you
look back on the 2012 season most having now wrapped it
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm proud of it. I'm proud of
my consistency, I'm proud that I'm moving in the right direction in
terms of improving my game and where I see it.
You know, I've accomplished a lot of things this year that I
really wanted and wanted to get back in my career. Yeah, lots
of great memories. Some difficult ones, but a lot of really
positive thoughts moving into next year.
Q. When you talk about moving in the right direction,
does that count for this match? Your last two matches against
her were not as close as this in the Olympics final and
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, maybe you could say it
was just one or two breaks in the first, second set, but, I mean, I
probably had more ‑‑ I broke her a few more times in the other
matches or maybe had more looks to break.
Today she had another great serving day against
Q. Can you read her serve? Is her toss that hard
to read, or do you feel like you have to kind of guess on her first
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe she can serve some for
you. I don't know.
Q. You're the one that's returning
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe you can win a
Q. $1 million. But seriously, can he see where
her toss is going, or are you saying, She might go T this time, she
might go out wide, but I'm just going to have to
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I think her toss is pretty
Q. So it's hard to?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, if I didn't have a break
point, there is your answer. (Laughing.)
Q. After a couple of years when you look back and when
you remember this tournament, what's the biggest thing you will
remember about this tournament?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I've it said throughout the
whole tournament. I feel like this has been the best
Championships that I've been a part of. I only got to play a
couple of matches last year, but this year the energy from the
first round on...
Maybe wasn't completely sold out in the first round, but as
the week went on, I mean, just the excitement from the people from
the second they call your name onto the court and you're walking
out, it's pretty incredible as an athlete to have that sort of
positive energy without even hitting a ball.
The appreciation you have from people's understanding and
respect of what you do I think is really unique. I think we
were really all unsure of how was it going to go in Istanbul
because we never really had such a big tennis event. Only a
smaller tennis tournament here.
But I think we're all really happy. We're here another
Q. With the finals going to another place in 2014,
there is a lot of discussion about what the priorities should be
for the WTA. With how good the crowd is here, do you think
finding somewhere where they can get sell‑out stadiums and this
much enthusiasm for women's tennis should be a
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think obviously as players we want
that excitement from the crowd. I mean, like I said, there is
no better feeling than having that energy from people that want to
watch you play. It's a little bit different when the stadium
is a bit more empty, there is no doubt.
But it's not just the tickets that make an event
happen. It's also the involvement of the government, the
sponsors, so there is a lot involved. Where will it be, we're
not sure yet. I personally would love to see it in
Q. Just on that point, do you like the idea of moving
the Championships every two or three years to places that don't
have big‑time tennis events?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: For sure.
Q. You were mentioning Brazil and Rio, which I guess
isn't a candidate. Would you like to see it put someplace
like Paris or London, putting L.A. aside?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just as a staple, let it be
Q. Well rather than just saying, Okay, we'll have all
these cities bid for it.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh.
Q. And maybe we should move it to a part of Asia that
hasn't had a lot of exposure to tennis or...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I like the idea, because I think
it's almost like a competition of who really wants it more. I
think that's also really important, because we don't just want to
give it to somebody just to give it to someone.
I think it's a very unique event and opportunity for the
people, the city, for the government. I think it's worked so
far for us, that concept of bidding, and I hope that it moves on
Q. So when is the next time you plan on hitting a
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not sure right now. I don't
know. Tomorrow actually. I'm going to Prague. Oh,
no. Oopsies. How did I sign up for that
Q. They announced finalist cities for the next years
and one is in Russia. What would that mean to you to have it
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, that was an interesting
one. I was actually pleasantly surprised to hear that.
I mean, I just heard it a few days ago as well. I don't
know. I mean, it will depend, like I said, on who wants it
It would mean a lot if it was there, absolutely. To
have such a big event in that region is pretty unique.