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Quotable Quotes: Serena, Maria & Petra

Did Serena Williams take the time off she said she would after Charleston? What are Maria Sharapova's expectations this week? Here's what the WTA stars said...

Published May 03, 2014 12:13

MADRID, Spain - The WTA stars met the press at the Mutua Madrid Open during the WTA's All Access Hour. Here are some of the best quotes from three players with 22 Grand Slam titles...

Serena Williams
On coming back to Madrid...

"I love Madrid. I just love coming here. It's the reason why I come back every year. I mostly love the city - it's just so pretty. And the food is great, so I love the food, obviously."

On why she plays so well here...
"I don't know. I just love playing here. I hate leaving, I guess. I just don't want to leave. I want to stay. I also love the tournament directors and people who run it - they do a really good job."

On how she feels coming in...
"I feel good. I feel really good. I feel positive, and I think that's what matters most."

On saying after Charleston that she needed a break...
"I'm so much better. I took so much time off. I needed it. I had just been playing for such a long time, non-stop - it was actually really good for me to get that time off. I'm good now."

Maria Sharapova
On how she feels about her season so far...

"It was tough missing the last part of last year's season, but I'm finding myself regaining my form in the last few tournaments. It's always challenging coming back from an injury. It's something you have to work on extremely hard. But it was great to win a title again. I hope I can keep that level going."

On her expectations this week...
"After a good week in Stuttgart, I would obviously love to continue that form and play at the same level I had there. Last year I had a great tournament here in Madrid, getting to the final, and doing well the year before too, so I really hope that I can take it a step further at this year's tournament."

Petra Kvitova
On winning here in 2011...

"The conditions at this tournament definitely help my game. This is not typical clay. When it's in altitude like this, the ball flies much faster. It suits my game, so that's much better for me."

On clay not being her favorite surface...
"It's difficult. It's on the mental side, and physically the movement is totally different to other surfaces. So it's tough for me. But I had good practices at home, so I hope it'll be better this year."

On her season so far...
"I cannot say a number as a percentage, but I thought I could have played better in the beginning of the season. I didn't play that well at the Australian Open, which was a bad thing for me. But overall it's something in the middle. And I've already started thinking about the future, so it's okay."

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