Quotable Quotes: Maria's Afterthoughts

She may not have come away with the title, but five Sony Open Tennis finals is nothing to shake a stick at - World No.2 Maria Sharapova met the press after battling the World No.1 on Saturday.

Published March 30, 2013 12:00

Quotable Quotes: Maria's Afterthoughts
Maria Sharapova

MIAMI, FL, USA - She may not have come away with the title, but five Sony Open Tennis finals is nothing to shake a stick at - the World No.2 was asked about a lot in her post-match presser...

On the turning point of the match, when she was up a set and a break at 64 32...
"When I broke her I lost the next game pretty fast. I thought I still had opportunities to get back in the set - at 3-4 I was up 40-15, and 0-30 in the next game - but those are the games you really need to take if you want to win the match. You need to keep challenging and being in those games. But I certainly put myself in a much better position today than I did in our previous matches."

On whether she got a little bit closer to figuring out how to beat Serena...
"Today I certainly played a lot better and had my chances. There's no reason why I couldn't win. I was playing well - not well enough to win the match, obviously, but it was a step in the right direction, and there's no doubt we'll be playing many more times, and there's no doubt I'll be able to beat her."

On whether she can feel Serena's momentum once she gets going...
"That's why she's No.1 in the world. She's really capable of doing that. She obviously had to do a few things differently - I was controlling a lot of points in the first set and in the beginning of the second set. But then the momentum changed, and in the rest of the match, I just wasn't really there."

On winning Indian Wells and nearly winning Miami too...
"I feel fine. I'm very happy, very fortunate that I've been able to play probably the most that any player has played in the last, you know, month, out of the singles matches. I've had a really great month and a great tournament here. I think I can only take positives out of the whole experience, really.

"Sometimes you play so many matches and not every single day is going to be your best day. You're going to have to get through some tough ones, and you might play some really great ones. Then the next day you have to do it again. So even within a tournament there are a lot of ups and downs.

"I'm really happy with what I have been able to achieve in the last month."

On whether she ran out of energy at the end because maybe she hadn't eaten enough...
"I'd love to use that as an excuse, but I'm not one for those!"

On where she would choose to play Serena if the decision were up to her...

On reaching five finals in Miami, though she hasn't won the title yet...
"It's tough to lose in the final stage because you've worked so hard to get there. But it's a really nice stage to be at. It's a nice opportunity that you're giving yourself. The more I give myself this opportunity, the better chance that I have of winning. That's what I have to think about coming out of this."

On whether she's looking forward to her upcoming French Open title defense...
"Absolutely. When you experience such a nice moment in your career, to be able to come back there and to play on that court where you lifted the trophy, where you won the match point, it's always special and meaningful, especially for the amount of years you've worked so hard to get to that point.

"I'll treat it as any other title I haven't won and really want, because I would love to win it again."

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