Quotable Quotes... Azarenka & Sharapova

What did Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova say about the first Grand Slam final of 2012?

Published January 29, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Azarenka & Sharapova
Victoria Azarenka

MELBOURNE, Australia - Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova met the press after playing the final of the Australian Open on Saturday night...

Victoria Azarenka
On the emotions after winning...
"Right after the win I couldn't understand what was happening - I couldn't believe the tournament was over. The road since Sydney was so long, and it kind of kept going, and right now is still hasn't hit me that it's over and I won this."

On whether she was nervous in the final...
"I was super nervous. I actually couldn't wait to go on the court and play. It was a long wait. I was like, 'Okay, I'm ready to go. When is it coming? When is it coming? What time is it?' But I think I handled the situation really well after that little slack in the beginning. I'm glad I could stay humble and just take it one at a time. Just keep fighting, keep fighting, and change the momentum."

On the calls she made on her phone after winning...
"I got messages, but my calls haven't really been going through. There is reception but there's some Chinese lady who keeps saying something to me when I call. So I'm definitely not getting the right place."

On what she'll say to her family when she speaks to them...
"The first thing I'll tell them is I love them so much, and thank them for their support. Without them I wouldn't be sitting here. I owe them everything."

On what the t-shirt her coach wore means...
"Yeah, I found out. It's his first coach's name. I think it's a really cool idea. I would also like to say thank you to my first coach, who actually taught me that passion of the game and that love of the game. I owe so much to her."

On going forward in 2012...
"I really have to keep going the same way - my mentality, one at a time. It's going to be a long year. It's going to be a lot of matches. I just want to keep improving. I feel like there's no limit, that if I can try my best every day, I can reach more, little by little. It's just going to have to stay the same."

On getting used to the public spotlight...
"I think my team and my agent really helped me to just open up a little bit. Because some people judge you by how you are on the court. Some people judge you by a certain thing you do, which can be a mistake sometimes.

"I'm a diferent person when I'm off the court. It just helped me to figure out it's important to open up and be yourself. That's the most important thing. There's no point to really hide that. I'm really trying to show my personality."

Maria Sharapova
On Azarenka's play...
"She did everything better than I did today. I had a good first couple of games, and that was about it, then she was the one taking the first ball, hitting it deep and aggressive. I was always the one running around like a rabbit. She was a step quicker. Her first shot was bigger. Just not a good combination, I guess."

On Azarenka performing so well in her first Grand Slam final...
"Yes it was her first Grand Slam final, but she's certainly won big events before. It's not that she's coming in here as an unexperienced player. She has beaten a lot of top players in her career. I certainly knew she had the experience - she beat me in Miami last year, and that's a pretty big event for us."

On the disappointment...
"To get to the final is a good achievement, but to end up losing is always tough, no matter what sport you're in. But I'm proud I made it this far. It has been a few years since I've been in the finals of the Australian Open. It's a good start to the year, I guess. I have a lot to look forward to this year."

"It's frustrating, but I have a pretty good head on my shoulders in terms of having a good perspective on sport and life."

On whether she believes her best tennis is still to come...
"Absolutely. I believe there's still a lot of work I can do to improve. That's why I'm still playing. I think if an athlete wakes up, no matter what sport they're in, and thinks they can't be better or they can't improve or they're not going to have good days ahead of them, it's pretty tough to put in the work."

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