Quotes of the Australian Open Fortnight - Part 2
Published February 01, 2009 12:00
MELBOURNE, Australia - On-court action and drama weren't the only memories we were left with from Melbourne. After their matches, the stars of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour gave us something to think about in their press conferences. The following is Part 2 of some of the best quotes.
"Last year was a stepping stone for me, in terms of experiencing a full calendar year on the Tour. Unfortunately I had to finish a little early because of the shoulder injury, but I played a full year and consistently had great results. It was a real learning experience for me. This year I feel like I'm a lot more mature and I know what to expect. I think 2009 is going to be really successful."
- Casey Dellacqua, who reached the fourth round of the 2008 Australian Open and followed it up with strong results throughout the season, but fell first round at the 2009 Australian Open in a squeaker to Daniela Hantuchova.
"I'm just a girl who enjoys her tennis. I go to the court with a smile on my face. I don't really think and stress about ranking, Grand Slams and other things. It's not worth it. I just try to play my best tennis and hope for the best."
- Jelena Jankovic on whether she felt extra pressure coming into the tournament as the No.1 seed for the first time at a Grand Slam.
"She has told me so many stories. It's unbelievable how much experience she had when it was the USSR, and how much the players suffered. They weren't allowed to play when they wanted to, and they missed out on so much. I really appreciate them. Because of them and their efforts, we now have the chance to play, travel around the world, earn some good money and have fun."
- Svetlana Kuznetsova on how she has been affected by her new coach, Olga Morozova. The two started working together in October 2008.
"Honestly I'm the laziest person. Nothing, nothing. Sight seeing, no. I'm too lazy to walk anywhere. When you practice you work hard. If I need to buy something I'll walk. But just to go to a museum, no chance. I'd rather sit in the room. I can easily be in the room 24 hours without moving, just changing the channels on TV. That's how I am. When people ask me, 'How was Melbourne?' I say it was great - the tennis club and hotel were great. It's sad that I can't say how it was. I can't say I went anywhere or saw anything. Once I get older, maybe it'll change."
- Dinara Safina when asked what she does to relax away from the courts.
"I'm going to keep working. Everyone is working very hard and improving, so that's what I have to do. There are lots of things I can improve. But I'm pretty confident - I believe in myself - every time I come to a tournament, I come to win. That doesn't happen all the time. I just need to keep up the good work."
- Vera Zvonareva, after falling to Dinara Safina in a close two-setter in the semifinals. Zvonareva was playing the first Grand Slam singles semifinal of her career, and subsequently cracks the Top 5 for the first time this week.
"I don't think it went badly. She was just the better player. That's it. At some point you have to admit when someone just plays better than you, and I think she played better than me today. I don't know about the whole year, but today. She was coming at me every time with a better shot to my shot. You have to accept sometimes someone is just better than you."
- Marion Bartoli, who fell to Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals, 63 60, one match after her straight set demolition of then-world No.1 Jelena Jankovic.
"My whole view is that I'm really blessed to be here and I'm living the dream. I'm going to live the dream as long as I can. When the dream's over, I'm going to think about when I was living the dream. So I'm not going to complain. And the dream's still big, huge. There's stuff still being added to it. No end in sight."
- Venus Williams on whether she had any opinions on the recent discussion of the Australian Open being moved from January to February.
"I was playing well. I'm really happy with the way I played, moved and handled myself on the court. I just couldn't hang in there. It was really tough for me - there's not much I could do about it. But there will be a lot of opportunities for me. I have to accept sometimes this happens. Hopefully it won't happen again."
- Victoria Azarenka on retiring from her fourth round match against Serena Williams due to dizziness and illness. She had won the first set, 6-3, but was trailing 4-2 in the second set when she was forced to stop.