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Quotable Quotes: Azarenka & Sharapova

What does Victoria Azarenka say is more important than getting past the semifinals at Wimbledon? When does Maria Sharapova watch footage of her Grand Slam wins? Here they are...

Published June 23, 2013 12:01

Quotable Quotes: Azarenka & Sharapova
Maria Sharapova

LONDON, England - What does Victoria Azarenka say is more important than getting past the semifinals at Wimbledon? When does Maria Sharapova watch footage of her Grand Slam wins?

Maria Sharapova
On whether she ever watches footage from when she won the title in 2004...
"I haven't seen it in a while. Sometimes I get the chance to watch it if I feel I need to. Sometimes my fans make videos of my wins at all of the four Grand Slams. They put collages together. That's really when I get those memories back. But I don't intentionally look those videos up too much.

"But when I was injured I watched a lot of those videos. That really inspired me to get back."

On her time in between Paris and London...
"I had a really good last couple of weeks. I came straight to London after Paris, took a couple days off and started practicing. I really enjoy the city. I have a couple of friends living here now, so I've been able to spend a bit of time here. I've been in busy cities the last few weeks so it's nice to be in a quiet area listening to the birds singing instead of the taxis honking. That's a really nice change.

"And I've just been practicing. The reason I don't play a warm-up event is because of so many tournaments back to back. It's always nice to get back to working on a few things here and there. Sometimes when you get in a groove of playing so many matches you lose that work ethic a little bit."

On Venus...
"Despite her being injured and despite her not being here, she's certainly had so much history in this tournament. She's accomplished a lot. It's tough to see someone who has been on the tour for so many years, that's been at such a high level, struggling a bit with injuries. But overall she's always a tough competitor, and I've always had extremely difficult matches against her whenever we've played."

Victoria Azarenka
On her preparations for Wimbledon...
"It's been going pretty good. I've been here since last Saturday. You never know until you play your first match, so that's what I'm looking forward to. But I've been doing the adjustment pretty much every year and I've got a little bit more experience on how to manage that, so things are going well."

On the hardest part about the clay to grass adjustment...
"The movement completely changes. You don't slide anymore. The bounce is low. You have to change your hitting zone. You have shorter points. So you have to tactically adjust a little bit more and accept the way the grass is, adjust and play aggressively. And sometimes you don't get the bounce you would expect. You have to prepare for all of these things, but I think the most important one is movement."

On playing the week before a Grand Slam...
"I never like to play the week before a Grand Slam because I think it's way too long of a period and I would love to just concentrate before a Grand Slam. And there's such a short period of time between the French Open and Wimbledon, so you need some time to recover, to be fresh. Because once you play a Grand Slam it really takes a lot out of you. It's important to be fresh when you're there.

"We all know how to play tennis, that won't lose itself, but it's important to be healthy and fresh."

On reaching back-to-back semifinals here...
"It's a challenge to make that extra step. I lost twice to the eventual champion, and they were close matches, so it's important for me to take my opportunities. But first of all, it's important to get there."

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