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Quotable Quotes: More From Melbourne

How many more Australian Opens will Kimiko Date-Krumm play? What's the difference between veganism and cheaganism? If Zheng Jie is Jay-Z, who is Jay-G? Read on.

Published February 07, 2013 12:00

Quotable Quotes: More From Melbourne
Sloane Stephens

MELBOURNE, Australia - How many more Australian Opens will Kimiko Date-Krumm play? What's the difference between veganism and cheaganism? If Zheng Jie is Jay-Z, who is Jay-G? Read on.

Zheng Jie
On the fighting spirit she showed coming back from 5-2 down in the third to beat Stosur...
"I know I'm not tall, I know I'm not strong - but when I was young my coaches told me if I wanted to go far, I need to keep fighting for every ball and focusing on every point. So that's how I play."

After that second round win over Stosur, on her third round opponent, Julia Goerges...
"We played doubles last year in Dubai. We're good friends. She calls me Jay-Z.; I call her Jay-G."

Kimiko Date-Krumm
On how many more Australian Opens she's planning to play...
"Five more! But it's not easy. I need a new body. Already since Friday - I practiced Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, then Tuesday I had my first singles match and first doubles match. Then today my second singles match, and tomorrow maybe doubles again. I need rest. But I try my best."

On whether other players from her generation have gotten in touch about her comeback...
"If I see them, we talk - for example, this morning I saw Iva Majoli and she said, 'Good job yesterday. Keep going.' Everybody says to me, 'You are crazy.' The first thing they always say is, 'You are crazy.' But they really support me a lot. Rennae Stubbs is here and we see each other every day and talk a lot - and Lisa Raymond is still playing doubles too. And when I see Steffi, she says to me, 'You should stop now and make the baby.' I also see Lindsay Davenport, Mary Joe, Conchita, Arantxa - I don't see Gaby so much. But many ex-tennis players, yeah, we talk and we laugh. It's nice to see them."

Venus Williams
On her diet...
"I think it's pretty well known I'm a cheagan."

And on exactly how that differs from being a vegan...
"If it's on your plate, I might get to cheat. If you're sitting next to me, good luck. You turn your head once and your food might be gone - I'm not perfect, but I try."

Sloane Stephens
On whether she feels pressure as the next American star...
"I don't think I'll feel any pressure until Venus and Serena retire. I don't think there is anything to worry about. I don't think American tennis is in jeopardy. I don't think Sloane's tennis is in jeopardy. I think everything is just smooth sailing right now and we should keep it that way."

On hitting her stride in the upper ranks of the tour now...
"I'm definitely settling in right now. I feel a lot more comfortable on the court. And even going from tournament to tournament, I don't feel so much anxiety about going to this place, going here, going on a plane - I kind of just realize this is how it works, and this is what I have to do to be great."

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