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Quotable Quotes: The White Group Speaks...

Maria on the Bazaar, Aga on Poland, Petra on memories, Sara on drive... all that and much more.

Published October 22, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes: The White Group Speaks...
Maria Sharapova

ISTANBUL, Turkey - So many quotes, so little time... The elite eight hit the press room Monday, talking about the city, the tournament, the season, each other - here are some of the best quotes from the White Group...

Maria Sharapova
On how she feels coming into the tournament...
"I'm very excited to be back. Unfortunately last year I was a bit injured and wasn't able to play 100%, so it's nice coming in this year knowing I'm ready. I've been here for a little bit - I've spent about five days getting ready and practicing. I love this city. I've been here many times already. The energy from the crowd last year was spectacular - I'm really looking forward to experiencing that again."

On her favorite things to do in Istanbul...
"There are endless things to do here culturally - I went to the Hagia Sophia, the Bazaar a few times. The first time I went to the Bazaar I was so overwhelmed, I think everyone could have cheated me on everything I wanted to buy! Next time I went there a lot tougher, I was like, 'I'm really going to bargain with them.' I mean, what's not to like here? At the ceremony yesterday the view of the bridge looking over the Asian part of the city is one of the best views in the world."

On competing with Azarenka for year-end No.1 here...
"I think it also has to do with how some of the other players do - I don't like to think about what I can't control in my destiny, what's not in my hands. It would be a great achievement, no doubt, but the more matches I win here the better chance I have of accomplishing it, so that's my biggest priority this week."

Agnieszka Radwanska
On going back to Poland before this...
"I always go home after tournaments if I have a few days off. I was there almost two weeks after Beijing. I feel good there. I practice there, not anywhere else. And tennis is more popular there than before - I'm very happy to see more kids playing, and to be part of Polish tennis history now that tennis is bigger there."

On Istanbul, the city...
"Well my first time in Istanbul was a few years ago, a small tournament going on here before the French Open. I have great memories of winning the title in singles and then in doubles too. So I've already been here a couple of times. Now I think it's the goal of everyone to be in the WTA Championships here, and I was really working towards that all year. I'm very excited to be here again."

On Kvitova...
"She's a very powerful player with a big serve, and she's a lefty - so she's always a little more different. And of course she plays well here, she's defending champion. For sure I'll have to play my best to beat her tomorrow."

Petra Kvitova
On her 2012 season compared to 2011...
"I knew this season would be tough for me after the breakthrough last season. It's always going to be a little bit different every season we play. I had some injuries and illness this year, but I'm glad the way I played otherwise, and it means a lot to be here again. I hope when I step on the court again it will bring everything back - and I will try to have nice memories from this year too."

On the 2012 field here compared to 2011...
"Every year it's the Top 8 players here, so it's always tough. Last year I didn't think I could win the WTA Championships, but I just played every match 100%, and it will be the same this year. I will fight until the end this week."

On whether her season might have been different if she had won the close Australian Open semifinal match against Sharapova...
"You never know. It was close and I had a lot of chances. Unfortunately I didn't make it, and I lost against her this season two more times. So I hope the right time will come this week. I will try again. But every match will be tough here."

Sara Errani
On the thigh injury that caused her to miss Moscow last week...
"I stopped for the time I had to stop, and I've just been recovering since then. I've been practicing normally, so it's okay now."

On finishing in the 40s the last four years and now being Top 10...
"I'm surprised too, of course. It's an incredible year for me. I made the final in Paris, semis in US Open, quarters in Australian Open, and I won four tournaments - so for me, it's an amazing year. I didn't expect to be here in Istanbul, but I am now, and I want to enjoy it, but I also want to give my best."

On the drive it takes to maximize her talents...
"I work on everything, not just one thing, and I try to play better every day. That's all. From when I was young I just wanted to work hard every day and hope the results would come. Maybe they wouldn't come on the first day, but eventually. I never expected to be Top 10 or be here, but now I am."

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