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Quotable Quotes: Québec & Tashkent

What does Christina McHale think of Serena Williams? How does Vesna Dolonc balance married life and tennis? What keeps calling Marina Erakovic's name in Québec? Read on to find out...

Published September 11, 2013 12:01

Quotable Quotes: Québec & Tashkent
Christina McHale

QUÉBEC CITY, Canada & TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - We're only halfway through but there's already been enough great quotes from this week's WTA tournaments for another Quotable Quotes - read on...

First, some from Québec...

Marina Erakovic on Québec City...
"I love Québec City. It's one of my favorite tournaments. Unfortunately last year I couldn't make it because I was injured, but every year I love coming back here, especially because they make these awesome crêpes with nutella everywhere you go. Some great restaurants, too - it's just a cool vibe."

Christina McHale on her climb back up the rankings...
"I feel like my game is coming back. After the US Open I had a good week of practice, and I was very happy with my first round here too. I'm feeling good about my consistency. Obviously there are always things to work on, but I think I'm definitely going in the right direction with my game, overall."

Christina McHale on Serena...
"I've been on a couple of Fed Cup teams with her and the Olympic team last year as well, and she's always been extremely nice to us. She's really funny - she's always making jokes. I was watching the final on TV the other day and I was really happy she won, because she's just been really nice to us."

Now, some from Tashkent...

Nastassja Burnett on Italian women's tennis...
"At this moment, Italian women's tennis is at its best with players like Errani, Vinci, Schiavone, Knapp, Pennetta and Camila all in the Top 100. It has given players like me great motivation to keep improving. I feel like I want to prove myself too. Honestly, I really want to be there with them, I'm working hard, and hopefully sooner or later I'll be there to share my name with all of them too."

Petra Cetkovska on being out of action for nearly nine months...
"It was a very tough time to be out for nine months because of my knee and foot injuries - and it takes a lot of time to come back - but now I feel better and stronger with every passing day. My goal is to stay healthy and prevent any other injuries, and to get back into the Top 100 by the end of the year."

Yvonne Meusburger on her season so far...
"This has been an excellent season so far for me. I was off the tour at the end of last year and missed this year's Australian Open, too, due to a shoulder injury, but earlier in the season I won three ITF Circuit tournaments in a row, which did a lot of good for my confidence. And then I had a pretty good clay court season, winning my first WTA title at Bad Gastein, and also the finals of Budapest a week before that. I'm just feeling great. I'm just trying to do my best every day and keep working hard."

María-Teresa Torró-Flor on the clay-to-hard transition...
"Coming from Spain, I'm basically a clay court player and very comfortable on clay. I didn't have good results on hardcourts last year, but now I'm starting to feel better on them. I guess I just wasn't comfortable with the style of play the girls use on hardcourts, either. But it's my second year playing in Asia and I'm getting more and more used to the flat and faster style of the girls. So it's better."

Vesna Dolonc on the other Serbian players...
"I'm actually impressed with every single one of them, as they all have different qualities and capabilities. Ivanovic and Jankovic have so much experience to share - we don't see them much on the tour, because they play the bigger tournaments and have different travel plans, but it's great to play with them in Fed Cup. I'm also impressed with Bojana - she's a very hard worker and has so much talent as well, and we're friends, so we get along very well. So the whole team is just great.

"Tennis is very popular in Serbia and everybody recognizes us on the streets. Young players look up to us as well. All of that motivates us to work harder as we know the whole country is following us."

Vesna Dolonc on married life...
"Balancing marriage and tennis is hard but I'm thankful to my husband, who appreciates what I do. He knows playing tennis has always been my dream and he helps me a lot in my career, beyond doubt."

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