Quotable Quotes: WTA Stars In Luxembourg

Read what Victoria Azarenka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Flavia Pennetta and Andrea Petkovic have been saying in Luxembourg.

Published October 20, 2011 12:00

Quotable Quotes: WTA Stars In Luxembourg
Flavia Pennetta

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Several of the WTA stars competing at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open did some pre-tournament interviews Monday. Here's a taste of what four of them had to say.

Victoria Azarenka
On playing Luxembourg instead of defending her title in Moscow...
"Even though I won Moscow last year, I've always heard so many good things about this tournament, and when I was making my schedule I thought about this one first. The facilities are really good and I'm glad to be here."

On the London Olympics in 2012...
"Next year is going to be huge because of the Olympics. It's very important for me and my country. It's the longest competition in history. My last Olympics didn't go so well - I was 18 years old or something, running around and not really focusing on the game. This year will be different and I'm very excited."

On cooking...
"Tennis is my passion, my No.1 thing to do, but sometimes I like taking time away and spending it with my family. I was home before this tournament and barely left my apartment. I was cooking a lot - it was really fun! I was making this thing my aunt taught me. It's kind of like a pie made out of cottage cheese and raisins. I was trying to make it every day, and after a week I finally got it."

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
On the season...
"It's a long season, but it's everyone's decision how much to play. You have to be smart and take care of yourself, and you need to have good fitness and take care of any injuries. Last year I was tired and much worse physically at this time of year, but this year I'm feeling good - it's a bit of a shame that it's the end of the year, because I feel like I can play a lot more."

Flavia Pennetta
On how she feels about being a tennis player...
"When you are a bit older you understand how lucky you are to do this job. Not everyone in the world can do the job they like - sometimes you're forced to do something you don't like. But we're all really lucky to do this. Yes, sometimes I want to be home more, and I miss my family and want to be spending time with them, but as a tennis player life is never boring. We travel, see many places and make friends all over the world. It's hard to see that when you're younger."

Andrea Petkovic
On how her knee is recovering...
"I'm going to start practicing again this weekend. My knee has gotten much, much better the last few days I took off, I just need a few more days to be 100% again. I don't want to keep pushing at 70% or 80%. I'm planning to go to Istanbul on Sunday and then do full practice sessions next week. I hope it holds up for Istanbul and Bali... I guess we'll see how it goes."

On making the trip to Luxembourg after withdrawing injured...
"I came here to do some commitments, and it has been a lot of fun so far. I did an autograph session and there were a lot of young people, which was great. Then I did a press conference, of course my weekly knee report, and I'll also be doing a talk show forum with a well known actor in Germany - we're talking about gender equality in the job world, which will be very interesting!"

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