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Quotable Quotes: The Secret

What's Bethanie Mattek-Sands' key to rebounding from injury lay-offs? Mallory Burdette looks so calm, but what's going on beneath the surface? All that and more from from a variety of WTA stars.

Published April 19, 2013 12:00

Quotable Quotes: The Secret
Bethanie Mattek-Sands

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - What's Bethanie Mattek-Sands' key to rebounding from injury? Mallory Burdette looks so calm, but what's going on beneath the surface? All that and more right here...

Mallory Burdette on the Stanford Duck...
"The Stanford Duck is the idea that you see a duck swimming on the water and they look very calm, and on top of the water they're kind of gliding along and it looks like they've got it really easy, but underneath the water, when you really get to look at what they're doing, you see that their feet are going a million miles an hour. And I think I definitely have a bit of that. It's always an effort to handle your nerves and to handle any adversity that's thrown at you, and also just being on the tour, being alone at times and being out there by yourself, and everything really just being all up to you, sometimes doubt sets in, or you're looking for excuses or ways out and things like that, but in the end you have to take full responsibility for what you're doing if you want to be a professional athlete, and once you get on the court, especially in this individual sport like this one, it's really all up to you."

Caroline Wozniacki on Stefanie Voegele after falling to her in the quarterfinals...
"Today she played a very good match. I know her very well because we played each other a lot of times in the juniors - so that's definitely a little bit different to other pairs of players who hadn't played on the tour before. We used to have very tough matches as well, and I knew this one wasn't going to be an easy one. Of course I would have loved to win this match today, but it just wasn't to be."

Stefanie Voegele on playing Caroline Wozniacki for the first time on the tour...
"We played in Under 14s but she was getting so good so fast, so we didn't play each other anymore!"

Marina Erakovic on her first WTA title in Memphis...
"It was a great week for me in Memphis. It was something I had on my to-do list for quite some time, and I achieved a goal of mine, so I was just very happy. But has it changed things? No. I'm still the same old me, same player - I've just got to keep working hard and maybe try and get some more titles."

Julia Goerges on the German greats...
"Well, Steffi, Boris and Michael Stich and everybody in the history of German tennis, it's tough for us to achieve even a little bit of what they achieved - we just try to get as close as we can. And Steffi is always following our results and texting when we have Fed Cup. She doesn't show up anywhere because she is a little bit private, and we totally understand, but it's still nice to have a person like Steffi following us. I met her once when I had an exhibition with her in Holland, and it was a lot of fun. It was a great moment for me. Meeting someone like her is inspiring and something you don't forget."

Bethanie Mattek-Sands on rebounding from prolonged battles with injury...
"A big thing is not thinking about it too much. Sometimes you let it get in your head, but you've just got to trust your preparation. For any of us playing on the pro tour, we've all been playing for 15, 20, 22 years, and it's not like we can forget to hit a forehand or anything. I've overthought a lot of things before and I just had to simplify, relax and enjoy the process. It's been tough with injuries but you just have to figure out the answers and don't dwell on the problems - otherwise, you'll get pretty depressed."

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