Quotable Quotes: The Semifinalists

They may not have come away with the title, but Agnieszka Radwanska and Kirsten Flipkens made some very inspired runs to the semifinals. Find out how they felt about their fortnights...

Published July 05, 2013 12:00

Quotable Quotes: The Semifinalists
Agnieszka Radwanska, Kirsten Flipkens

LONDON, England - They may not have come away with the title, but Agnieszka Radwanska and Kirsten Flipkens made inspired runs to the semifinals. Find out how they felt about their fortnights...

Agnieszka Radwanska
On whether the match being high quality was any kind of consolation...
"Not really. I'd rather play badly and win the match than lose after that one. It was definitely a good match, but I had a lot of chances and made a couple easy mistakes. It cost me the whole match."

On when she thinks the match turned...
"Well, I was a break up in the third set. But it was just one break. And she was serving very well. So in one way the break was a lot, and in another way not really. Like I was saying, I had a lot of chances. But then she would serve her second serve like 100mph and it would just turn the other way."

On what she'll remember most about the tournament...
"A lot of tennis. A lot of three set matches. A lot of running."

On whether she felt tired in the semifinals because of those long matches...
"I was trying to play well, but I don't think I was quick enough. I could feel it in every part of my body. And I think if we played again two days from now, it would definitely be a different match."

On the decimation of top players in Week 1...
"Well, it's hard to say, because you still have to win all your matches. Even if someone is beating Serena, you still have to win other matches as well. But for sure one side seemed a little bit easier because when Serena is playing her best it's really tough, especially on grass. And for sure at the beginning of the tournament, no one expected these names to be in the semifinals or finals."

On why she's disappointed...
"Well, when you go that far, to the semifinals, and there's no Serena, Maria, Vika - the other girls are still playing great tennis, but it's a little bit different. I am definitely disappointed."

On what's next...
"Definitely a couple days off, then back on court, practicing on hardcourt."

Kirsten Flipkens
On the knee injury she was treated for in her semifinal match...
"First of all, I'm not going to use it as an excuse, that's for sure. Marion played an amazing, good match. But I fell in the first set. Straightaway I didn't feel anything, but I fell on my bad knee. At that moment I didn't feel it, but a couple of games later I started to feel a really sharp pain I had four weeks ago. I've been trying to manage it for four weeks. I think It definitely needs a rest right now."

On Bartoli's level of play...
"All credit to her today. I had nothing to do against her. She played an amazing match. I tried my slices - she didn't have any problem with that. I tried the dropshot - she got it. I played a passing shot, she came to the net, I tried a lob. I tried everything, actually. I was trying to give myself 100% but it didn't work out. But yeah, after all, you're in the semis. It's obviously not going to get easier."

On whether she thought when she won the junior title in 2003 that she'd be in the semis...
"I think the semis was the maximum I could get to this year. I had to play about 500% to beat Marion today. She was just too good. But to have this memory for the rest of my life, 10 years after winning the junior title here, is great. I mean, I would have signed for that before my career for sure."

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