Quotable Quotes... Shooting The Breeze

From finishing school to Oscar parties, the WTA stars have been shooting the desert breeze...

Published March 18, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Shooting The Breeze
Jelena Jankovic

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - The stars of the WTA haven't just been shining on the courts of the BNP Paribas Open, they've been shining in the press room. Here are just a few of the gems they've said in their post-match pressers...

Jelena Jankovic on Nick Bollettieri...
"When I first went to the academy, I had heard a lot of nice things about him from other people, and he had coached a lot of top players at the time like Agassi and Monica Seles, and I really looked up to those players. I wanted to be like them. When I first met Nick I was maybe a little bit scared of him because he has such a strong personality and he has that deep voice - I have one too, but his is way deeper! But after I spent time with him he helped me so much with my game and still helps me to this day. I really still admire him."

Ana Ivanovic on hitting the gym...
"I'm in the gym maybe every second day. Even during tournaments I'm trying to do a little bit of weights because I think it's important to get stronger. My coach said, 'Look at Novak. Look at him. He's so ripped.' I'm like, 'Yeah, you know, I can't look like that!' But I'm trying. I want to gain muscle strength but also keep the explosivity there, so not to be heavy and still move fast on the court."

Li Na on whether she considers herself a lucky person...
"The real answer is I never think I'm a lucky person, because every time I see a draw or just in life, I always feel like it's tough. But when the tournament is over I look back and say, 'I was lucky, I was healthy, I could still play on the court.' So sometimes I'm negative about it, but really I'm positive and realize I'm lucky I'm doing a job I like doing and am travelling all over the world doing it."

Nadia Petrova on living in the US...
"I've already applied for a Green Card. I'd like to live in the States when I'm done with my career - I have travelled the world and feel very comfortable in South Florida. I like the lifestyle, I like the weather, and it's just a perfect place for tennis. Everything's so easy and relaxed, too, so you don't need to stress. You need to go to the pharmacy or the drug store and it's open 24 hours. Everything is here just for the people. And I don't have those cold winters anymore!"

Mona Barthel on finishing high school...
"I was always focusing on school. I love to go to school. I wanted to be sure to finish school so I wouldn't have it on my mind when I am trying to focus on my tennis. At that time I was practicing maybe one hour a day, it wasn't a lot. I finished school in the end of 2009, so after that I had time to just practice and play tournaments. It's the normal process now. I'm just working every day."

Victoria Azarenka after her narrow victory over Mona Barthel in the first round, on if she would have managed to close it out a year ago...
"Definitely not probably... if not I'd probably go and hide, or drive really fast."

Maria Sharapova on the day of the recent Vanity Fair party...
"It's funny, because on that specific day I was practicing a few hours out of the day and doing fitness. The party was quite late, I think my arrival time was about 10:30 or something like that. I had a full day of practice and then when you get there and see everybody just glammed up in their long gowns and everyone looking so pretty, you're like, 'Wow, I did not look like this a few hours ago when I was on the court.' It's an extremely different world. But the people who ultimately make it to the Oscars or any event like that have to put so much work into whatever they do, whether it's getting that movie role or something else. And many athletes were there as well. All of them have worked very hard."

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