Quotable Quotes: The Real Li Na
Published April 30, 2013 12:00
STUTTGART, Germany - The stars of the WTA had some great quotes in Stuttgart last week, talking about everything from catastrophic matches to feeling the rhythm with your eyes closed to namesakes.
Andrea Petkovic after falling to Ivanovic in the first round...
"I saw both of Ana's matches from Fed Cup and she was playing absolutely amazing, and she did the same today. I did well in the first two games but then I got overexcited and was hitting too hard and just making too many unforced errors. I just need to be consistent again. I'm not as consistent as I was when I was in the Top 10, but with so many months not playing, it's all just a part of the process.
"I've played some good matches since I've come back, but then also some catastrophic matches. I don't know what to expect when I come on the court sometimes. I just need to keep playing matches."
Sabine Lisicki on Petkovic's road back from injury...
"I know how hard it is to come back after you have an injury. It's really hard for other people to imagine how hard it is. You lose your match rhythm and your confidence. And especially with Andrea, who has had a number of injuries recently. But I think she just needs a little bit more time to get all of that back.
"I don't think it will be too long before she's back at the top of the game again."
Maria Sharapova on game style...
"I think everyone has different styles of play and different ways they grew up learning. I was never a clay court specialist, where you loop the ball, slice the ball and think about net clearance. I was always someone who worked on a routine of my strokes, ball after ball, thousands of balls from a basket, just to get a good feeling about my strokes so I could close my eyes and feel the rhythm on them.
"Everyone has a different way of coaching and developing their game. I don't think there's a right or wrong. It depends on each player's strengths, where they grew up, where they train, and of course just how they enjoy playing. In the Top 10 everyone has a different style, and I just have mine."
Li Na on practicing with her coach, Carlos Rodriguez...
"If we have plans to train for 10 days or two weeks or something like that, we'll first have a meeting, talking about what we should work on this time, what we should prepare for the next tournaments. In those meetings he always talks so nicely, but then when we come to the court and start doing drills, I can hit four winners and miss the fifth one, and he will tell me it was very good but ask if I can do it again! So he seems really nice before but then afterwards I'm thinking he's not, he's tough!
"But he really has a lot of experience. I'm very happy he's on my team now. He helps so much."
Li Na on whether she gets recognized a lot back home...
"I can't say everyone recognizes me - and also there are a couple million people with the same name as me! The funny thing is they can say Li Na was in Time Magazine, but some people will ask, 'Which Li Na?' Even in the Olympics there were other athletes with the same name as me, one in cycling, one in diving - so whenever they would put 'Li Na' in their coverage, they would also write which sport!"