Quotable Quotes: The Red Group Speaks Too

Who's like a 'Duracell Bunny'? Who would Serena want as a little sister? It's the same person...

Published October 22, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes: The Red Group Speaks Too
Serena Williams

ISTANBUL, Turkey - The Red Group has the current World No.1, a former World No.1, the WTA's newest Top 5 player and the face of Chinese tennis - they all met the press on Monday, and here's a taste of what they said...

Victoria Azarenka
On how winning the Australian Open changed her career...
"At first it gave me a little bit of relief - I felt like I was always playing on a pretty good level, but didn't really make it to the top of the game. When I won there, I felt like I achieved my potential a little bit better, and it set up a whole new set of opportunities and goals for me. It gave me great belief I could go to those further stages. It helps me be confident in myself in the key moments. It also helped me kind of discover myself better in those moments, because it was my first Grand Slam final. And all those experiences I lived through there were very memorable. It helped me grow as a player, and I've been growing all year."

On managing her emotions better now...
"I'm intense - I've always been intense - but maybe I'm just managing my bad emotions better now. If you see me in practice, I'm like a Duracell Bunny all the time. My coach, Sam, tells me I have to slow down a little bit because I'm so energetic and never stop, and he's very slow. So we make a perfect match."

On Istanbul and Turkey...
"Before coming to Istanbul, I had been to Turkey twice already - to Kemer and Antalya for vacation. This is a very, very popular country for Russians and Belarusians. The history of Istanbul amazes me. In one city you have two cultures, with Europe and Asia - it's absolutely the most iconic thing. It's very rich in history, the whole country, so it excites me to be a part of tennis here."

Serena Williams
On comparing 2012 to 2002...
"In 2002 it was great, but I had no injuries, no comebacks and no serious issues. I feel like back then I was really just cruising and on the rise. Now in 2012, it's a different scenario. I've been through so much in my life - triumphs, disasters, happy moments, sad moments - when your career comes complete circle like that, you really do appreciate every win more and more."

On Venus winning in Luxembourg...
"I am so excited Venus was able to win last week. She's been through so much, and to still be able to play top tennis and win tournaments is amazing. It also shows her desire, that she's not done. Of course I knew it, but now other people can see she has no plans of stopping - only improving."

As a younger sister herself, who she would pick to be her younger sister from the rest of the field...
"I like all the players here - but I love Victoria's attitude. I have a lot of respect for her. So she could be my younger sister for the week."

Angelique Kerber
On where she was at this point last year to where she is now...
"There were some times when I woke up asking myself if it's really true - like one year ago I was a hundred-something, and now I'm Top 10. It's just an unbelievable feeling to be where I am now compared to last year - to be in the Top 10 and the WTA Championships, it's really amazing for me."

On playing well match after match after match...
"Mentally of course you have to be strong to go every week and play three, four matches in each tournament, but I work on my fitness, and now I know I can play like four, five, six matches in a row, which is very important for my mind.

"For sure your body needs a rest sometimes, but the last two weeks I rested and had a good preparation, so I feel good, and it's the last tournament too, so I'm ready to play. It'll be a great week, and then after that I have holidays!"

On 2013...
"Next year will be a very tough year, for sure, because I need to show I can play on this high level again. I'm not thinking to be No.1 or to win a Grand Slam right now, I'm just trying to practice very hard, improve more, give my best, do my things and enjoy the game. Then someday maybe those will come."

Li Na
On her summer turnaround...
"People said when Carlos came to my team the change was unbelievable - and I have to say he's doing a really good job. He has brought a lot of positive things. And not only him, but the rest of my team, like my physio, who has been with me for two or three years, and since then I haven't had any injuries. If I can stay healthy I can play maybe another two, three years for sure."

On comparing 2012 to 2011...
"Last year I was playing my highest level in the Grand Slams, but this year I was playing the same level from the beginning of the year to the end."

On qualifying for the WTA Championships...
"Before Beijing me and my whole team wished I could play here, and I got a lot of power from myself and my team, and I became the last one into the WTA Championships - at the last second we got the dream we wanted."

On what her life would have been like if she never came back to tennis after retiring from the sport in the early 2000s...
"Maybe I would be a housewife now, but I can still have my dream after I retire again, to take care of my husband and take care of my children as well!"

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