Quotable Quotes: Vika, Petra & Aga In Stuttgart

Three of the brightest young stars of the WTA met the press at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Published April 24, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes: Vika, Petra & Aga In Stuttgart
Victoria Azarenka

STUTTGART, Germany - In the last year they've all broken into the Top 5 for the first time, and some have gone even higher - Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska all met the press in Stuttgart...

Victoria Azarenka
On whether people play better against her now...
"I've had tough matches throughout the year, but I definitely feel some players go up against me with nothing to lose now. They're playing better, just like I did against the top players before I became one. It's a good challenge to have really. I can't worry about it - I just have to go out there and play my game."

On comparing the men's and women's games...
"They're completely different. The men's game is in an era right now with three guys winning absolutely everything and Andy Murray, who is winning quite a lot too, but no Grand Slams. But every time you look at the draws it's Djokovic-Nadal, Federer-Nadal, Federer-Djokovic... it's always the same, but it's still exciting to watch. With the girls it's nice to see lots of different players winning the Grand Slams, like Li Na was the first Chinese player to win one, also Sam and Petra won last year, so it's exciting, and I'm sure the crowd enjoys it too. But my job is not to judge - my job is to go out and play tennis."

Petra Kvitova
On clay...
"Before last year I didn't like clay too much - I preferred hardcourt and grass, just because they're faster and I'm more comfortable on them with my movement. But then I won Madrid and now I know I can play on clay too."

On Stuttgart...
"I am really looking forward to playing in Stuttgart. It's a beautiful tournament and it's my first time here, so I'm excited to play. I wanted to play last year too but had to withdraw after Fed Cup because I was injured. This year I'm ready to play. I came yesterday, but my first practice is after this All-Access Hour."

On the top group dominating the game...
"If you look at Vika, she played unbelievable at the start of this year. Maria's playing very well too, and Agnieszka won Miami - we have a lot of players at the top, but I don't know if someone will actually dominate women's tennis."

On why she chose Turkey in her recent training block...
"Why Turkey? That's probably a question for my fitness coach! It was my third time there already. He likes to be there. There's sand, and we run in the sand a lot. It's a good climate near the sea - for me as an asthmatic, that's good."

Agnieszka Radwanska
On being No.4 in the world...
"When I turned pro seven years ago I didn't expect I could do Top 4. I was already happy I could be Top 10 for a couple years. I haven't really changed anything - I practice with the same people at the same place, and I worked just as hard in the off-season as I usually do, on tennis and fitness and everything. But my performances this year have been great - I was a bit tired after playing a couple of tournaments in a row, but I've played good matches with top players."

On her style of play...
"It depends on who is on the other side of the net, but I try to mix it up, hit different shots, play mixed tennis. I never really practiced to play like that, I think I was just born with it. I watched a lot of Martina Hingis when I was younger and I've heard I play like her, which is very nice to hear. I actually still love watching tennis. I can spend the whole day practicing and after 12 hours on court still go back to the hotel and watch the night session on TV."

On the Polish connection she has with Wozniacki, Lisicki and Kerber...
"We're always joking, if we all played for Poland, how good Fed Cup would be for us! Unfortunately I'm the only one playing for Poland. Anyway, they're all very good friends of mine. And all of us speaking Polish is very important - you connect with people who speak your language. We can speak to each other in the locker room and nobody can understand us! We also played under 10s and under 12s all together and our families know each other, so we're all close."

On how she keeps her errors so low...
"The first tournament I won when I was a kid, my coach would just put the ball in the court, and the kid with the fewest mistakes won the tournament. I think I had just one mistake or something, so I won my first title and my first trophy there! I was six years old. I will always remember that."

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