Quotable Quotes... Rebecca Marino

Canada's No.1 may not have won on Monday night, but she did put her huge potential on display.

Published August 09, 2011 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Rebecca Marino
Rebecca Marino

TORONTO, Canada - A year ago she was completely off the radar, but this time she came in as a Top 40 player with the hopes of a nation behind her - and although Rebecca Marino was defeated in the first round of the Premier-level Rogers Cup, she showed why she is being touted as a future top player.

After her 76(6) 64 loss to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova on Monday night, the 20-year-old Marino met the press. Here's a taste of what she said...

On the first set tie-break, where she rallied from 5-0 down and evened it at 6-6 before Makarova finally snuck it out...
"I like to think I'm okay in tie-breakers, so being down 5-0, I told myself to straighten up a little bit. I wanted to show some kind of tenacity and actually fight. I think I did that. I had a few chances and I did come back into the match, so to speak. I blew them, but that's in the past and I have to learn from it."

On Makarova's strengths...
"Her serve was actually quite difficult. That second serve, I know it may have looked easy, but it's difficult, because there was kind of no pace on it. It's hard to actually create your own. She also used the angles very well and moved me around a lot. She's a very smart player - I guess that made the difference."

On whether she felt pressure in her first Rogers Cup main draw...
"Not necessarily. I didn't put that sort of pressure on myself. I didn't want to think about that, because it was a lot of weight. I'm just happy how I played. I didn't come out winning, but I think I did a good showing for my first time."

On the crowd support for their No.1...
"Oh it was great. It's a great feeling to know everyone is behind me and is accepting of this great sport. I actually love playing here or anywhere else in Canada because the fans are that good. I'm very proud we can hold an event such as this. I hear from a lot of players and from my own perspective the volunteers and all the staff here is just incredible, just doing anything they can to help us, very friendly - I think that kind of shows the true Canadian spirit."

On her meteoric rise up the rankings over the last 12 months...
"I'm disappointed losing my match here, especially first round. Not many people enjoy that, I think. But I do put it in perspective. I think about where I was a year ago and how far I've come. I don't want to sound egotistical when I say this, but I'm very proud of myself and how far I have come. I'm disappointed but a long as I stay positive about it, I can move forward and hopefully do better next year."

Check out Rebecca's official website, as well as her Twitter page.

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