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Quotable Quotes: Rainfall & Range Rovers

The biggest WTA stars have already hit the courts at the BNP Paribas Open, but they've also been hitting the press room - here's just some of what they've been saying...

Published March 08, 2014 12:14

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INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - The biggest WTA stars have been lighting up the press room at the BNP Paribas Open this week - here are some of the best quotes so far, with more coming tomorrow...

Simona Halep
On the foot injury that caused her to withdraw from Dubai...

"I don't feel pain anymore. I had treatment at home and now I'm protecting it with tape. I haven't been able to practice as hard because it's still there - but I don't feel pain anymore, so it's good."

On what she likes most about Indian Wells...
"I like the place, it's very nice, and the tournament is very nice too. I also like that we can have a car here. The tournament gave me a car - I'm not sure what kind of car, but it's big. Ford, I think.

"I like driving. I actually just bought my own car in Romania. It's a Range Rover - another big car."

Agnieszka Radwanska
On having her birthday at Indian Wells every year...

"Well it's a nice place to have a birthday! Sometimes it used to happen in the plane on the way here, because the dates were a little bit different, but now I'm always very happy to celebrate it here. I think this is one of the best tournaments of the year, especially the place - it's like paradise. We also have a lot of courts, so we can always find one to practice on, and having the challenge system on every court is great for the players. All the facilities and everything on the site are just beautiful, as well.

"I can't really complain about anything here!"

Victoria Azarenka
On playing World TeamTennis and inspiring kids...
"Yes. I wasn't planning on playing, but I got an e-mail from Billie Jean King, and, like... how can you say no? I was really honored to get that e-mail. I want to spend time with her and learn from such a legend, not just about tennis but about how much she changed women's sport. It goes way beyond tennis.

"That's what I'm really passionate about, and that's what I want to do, is to make that change in sport. I want to inspire kids to play tennis - to have fun playing tennis, not to be pushed into it, because I see that happen a lot. Being a professional tennis player, you go from 14 straight to 25 - you miss that window because you've got to be responsible and professional. Being around kids - young girls, young guys - is taking me back to a little bit of that childhood, and I love that. I just had my first charity event and it's been my dream to do that. And that was just the beginning. I have so many ideas."

Jelena Jankovic
On whether she saw the big poster of her at the airport...

"No, I didn't! I drove here from San Diego. I went from Dubai to LAX, so I haven't been to the Palm Springs airport. My brother told me though - he was there - he was surprised to see my face there."

On how her house in San Diego is doing...
"It's good. It's beautiful. It's finished. I was just there - it rained for three days, which was unusual. I was looking forward to practicing on my own court at home. I practiced for two days and then the rain started... I was like, 'Are we in England or San Diego?' But it's really just unbelievable there.

"Right now I don't spend too much time there, especially now when I'm travelling. The next time I'll be there is in July, before the US Open Series. But when I retire I'll spend much more time there."

On believing she can win a Grand Slam...
"Yeah, why not? I believe in myself. It's a matter of playing those seven matches, saving your energy and pacing yourself, and when you get to that finish line push even more - in the past when I would get to the semifinals I'd be tired and flat mentally and physically, so I have to take that extra step.

"Seeing Wimbledon last year, it shows that some players maybe don't win all the other tournaments, but then they have a great one and they win a Grand Slam. Last year I had some good consistency, getting far at some of the biggest tournaments, but not doing it at the ones that matter most."

And on whether she would trade that consistency for one Grand Slam title...
"No. I would keep the consistency and then add that tournament! Quite humble, yeah?"

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