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Quotable Quotes... Azarenka's Streak Ends

World No.1 Victoria Azarenka was all class after 26-0 became an equally-amazing 26-1.

Published March 28, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Azarenka's Streak Ends
Victoria Azarenka

MIAMI, FL, USA - Having had to rally from 61 40 down to defeat Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round, 16 76(7) 75, Victoria Azarenka's perfect season was finally stopped by Marion Bartoli in the quarterfinals Wednesday, 63 63. The Belarusian spoke to the press afterwards - here are some pieces...

On how she felt after the loss...
"Well, I feel disappointed, for sure. Who wouldn't be? But what I've done in the last couple of months, I have to be really proud of myself. For sure I could have played better today, but I gave it all I had. Physically I just wasn't able to do anything today. It was just not possible. I'm human, not a superwoman - I wish I could be, but I'm not. And Marion played really well today, she deserves the win. What else can I say? I have to look forward. This tournament is done for me, and I'm going to go for some well-deserved rest, and get ready for the next one. In tennis it's really good - you have another chance to play in a few weeks."

On the match against Bartoli...
"Today was hard, because I couldn't really be there physically, and because of how she played tonight I had to reach for more balls, and I was a little bit short-stepped and couldn't hold my focus. I also wasn't aggressive enough. It's a combination of things that just didn't happen for me, but for her it happened.

"She played really well. I felt like everything was coming back much faster than I was hitting, and everything was hitting the line or a clean winner. I have honestly never seen her play that well. She did an amazing job today."

On whether she was surprised at how Cibulkova and Bartoli played...
"No, I'm not surprised. Both of those players came out and played probably the best tennis of their lives. It's expected. Anybody who would go play a No.1 player in the world would be highly motivated, especially with me not losing a match. Everybody wanted to be the first one to beat me, probably. I think it's pretty normal. Like when I was going to play against the No.1 player in the world, I also tried to do the same. So I'm not surprised about it at all.

"Two days ago I was able to turn it around, today I couldn't. But it's not going to stop me from working hard and trying to keep going the same way.

"One match isn't going to stop me, that's for sure."

On what's next...
"I'm going to rest. My next event is probably going to be Madrid or something like that. I'll have a good preparation for my clay season and we'll see."

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