An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria.
Q. From your viewpoint, what went wrong?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just didn't win the match. You know, bottom line.
Uhm, you know, certainly had my chances and just didn't execute. You
know, I felt like I was ‑‑ when she was up and then I'd get back there,
back in the game, I just didn't take advantage of that and let her, you
know, let her control the situation again.
Q. What are the challenges of playing someone you know so well and is a
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I mean, when we go on the court we don't really
think about that. We just go out and we try to play our game, you know.
No matter how well you know someone or not, it's a new day and a new
match, and you just try to go out there and perform.
Q. Is this one of the matches early in the season you were looking for
consistency and it just wasn't there today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, there is no gray area. It was just up and
down in many areas, and just finished at the down level (smiling).
Q. Was it a lack of match practice? You needed a few more matches
perhaps to sharpen up?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I don't really know what 'match practice' has
to do with being up 4‑2, 15‑40 and not making a second serve return,
Q. Your serve let you down again at crucial times. How much of a
frustration has that become for you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Actually, I thought I served pretty big. I don't think
that was the reason I lost the match today. Uhm, I served big when I had
to. I served big second serves.
You know, if I'm gonna serve at that pace and do it for three hours and
make those types of mistakes, then I'm okay with it. You know, I'm okay
with making mistakes when I'm going after it, trying to control the
situation instead of being passive.
Q. So you're happy with where your serve's at?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There's still a lot to improve. You know, there's a lot
of consistency that I'll have to add to it.
But as far as, you know, how I hit it and, uhm, the level, where it was
compared to where it was last year, it's great. I felt really good about
it coming here.
Q. Did you ever feel really good at any time during the match off the
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, she's not really the type of player that makes
you feel that good, but there are many of those types of players. She
changes the pace a lot. Uhm, you know, she just has a little bit of a
different type of game. Today she was just able to execute many things
Q. In Grand Slams, you've always given the impression of knowing exactly
where the ball is going. Have you lost a little bit of the belief that
where you hit it is where it's going to land?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I wouldn't say it's 'belief.' I think 'belief' is
either something you have or you don't have. Whether it's just a little
bit of, uhm, you know, maybe confidence, uhm, obviously it's the first
tournament of the year and, you know, I just came up against somebody
that just played really good tennis. That's just the way it goes.
Q. How would you describe your sense of confidence right now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, well, I'm leaving on Monday of the first week, so
that explains a lot.
Q. What is your level of confidence like with your own body and your
fitness? Does that play on your mind at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: With what?
Q. Your fitness, the shoulder.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, doesn't.
Q. During matches does it play any part? Is it holding you back at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.
Q. Where is your level of disappointment, or do you just chalk it up,
It's first round of a Grand Slam, that can happen first round of a slam?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I could be disappointed or I could just take it
as it is and just go back on the court and just keep working.
I choose option two (smiling).
Q. Why didn't you play any tournaments before?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I never do. It's worked before.
Q. So do you go on and start thinking about Paris now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: About Paris?
Q. About Paris.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not yet. Are you saying I'm going to go on a clay court
right now (smiling)? Wishful thinking.
No, not yet. We have a few more events before Paris, so...
Q. What do you say to yourself now in order to recover, let's say,
psychologically from a defeat which is painful, I guess?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, that it's a bad day and you have to get on with
your life. You know, there are many worse situations in life. There are
people that don't even know what a tennis match is in the world.
You know, just a bad day. A bad day's not going to stop me from doing
what I love. I'm still gonna go back on the court and work hard and
perform. I'll be back here on a Saturday of the second week, so you'll
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