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Quotable Quotes... Azarenka & Sharapova

The Top 2 players in the world met the press on two sides of the US. Here's all the best...

Published March 22, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Azarenka & Sharapova
Maria Sharapova

INDIAN WELLS & MIAMI, USA - The Top 2 players in the world met the press after the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells and before the start of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami - here are some random pieces of it all...

Victoria Azarenka
On managing her injuries better now...
"Injuries are something you normally don't expect. You never know when they're going to happen. So you need to prevent them as much as possible. I've been learning more about my body, like how to warm up and what to do in different situations. Also sometimes you feel you have pain and think it's an injury, but maybe it's not, it's just tight. Experience helps. Training and scheduling yourself better helps too, plus I've stopped growing for a while now, finally."

On the upcoming clay court season...
"I think I did pretty well on clay last year. It was the best year I've had on clay. I actually like that surface. I'm going to have a mini-pre-season before the clay court tournaments, I'm really looking forward to it. It's another challenge for me, something to go over my limits, taking me out of my comfort zone, if you can call it that. There is nothing that will stop me from improving. That's it."

On beating Serena Williams in the 2009 final in Miami...
"It was an amazing match for me, the biggest win of my career that day. To win in the final against such a champion was amazing. Plus I was just 19 years old, so it was all really overwhelming. I couldn't really believe it. I don't know if you can call it a breakthrough, because from that moment I had so many ups and downs, but it was great, and since then I've learned from the ups and downs."

On how her grandma is doing...
"Actually I just spoke to her. She just told me, 'Vika, don't buy any more things.' I haven't even bought anything for myself, but they keep saying it, my mom says it too, because they say I have nowhere to put it."

Maria Sharapova
On why she keeps playing tennis...
"It's just a passion of mine. When I wake up in the morning and think of all my options, there's nothing else that gives me that energy except going out on the court and knowing I'm good at what I do, and that I can be even better. I can make myself better or make myself worse - I'm very fortunate everything is in my hands. If you don't go out there and try to get better, nothing will come.

"Everything I've gained is because of tennis. Tennis makes me very happy."

On which Olympic sport impresses her the most...
"I love rhythmic gymnastics. I love dancing and I love the artform of it. I grew up in Russia with that culture and ballet. I did think I might do it, then I grew like 10 inches and realized those days were over."

On Alisa Kleybanova...
"I'm really happy she's back. It was sad news when we all heard about it - we didn't know what was going on until she reached out to everybody. But it was extremely positive to see her not only healthy again, but playing tennis again. It shows how much she loves the sport. To see somebody come back from that and still have the passion to go out and perform, it's really special."

On Victoria Azarenka...
"She was one of the players that has always had extreme potential to win a Grand Slam and be No.1 in the world. I think many people actually expected that to happen sooner for her and were expecting her to even get to a final of a Grand Slam earlier than she did. But everybody has their time to achieve these things - for her it was this year. I think the biggest difference is her consistency - in the past she would have done that a few rounds, then maybe wasn't as consistent. Right now she's going through a period where she's extremely confident and extremely solid, and nothing is really going wrong for her."

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