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Quotable Quotes: Serena & Sharapova

How's Serena Williams' thigh injury from Madrid doing? Does Maria Sharapova think of herself as the Queen Of Clay right now? They talked about that and more...

Published May 13, 2014 12:14

ROME, Italy - They're the only two active players with a Career Grand Slam, and they're arguably the two best active players on clay - so how do they feel about everything coming into one of the biggest clay court tournaments out there, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome? Here they are...

Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Rome right here on wtatennis.com!

Serena Williams
On the thigh injury that forced her to withdraw mid-tournament in Madrid last week...
"I physically couldn't play - I had a lot of pain and was unable to continue. When I'm playing I want to give 100% and give the fans everything they deserve. I wasn't close to being there last week.

"I'm just taking it a day at a time at the moment. I've had a few days to rest up and I'm just seeing how it is day by day. But I have hit some balls this week. We'll see how it feels when I play."

On her attitude coming into Rome...
"I love coming to Rome, and I actually love playing on clay - the challenge of having to be more consistent and getting better on this surface is something I really look forward to every year."

On who spends more when she and Venus go shopping in Rome...
"Shopping here is always fun. I always try to do it on the Monday before the tournament. But Venus is a much bigger shopper than me - I'm more of a window shopper. And she fits the clothes better!"

Maria Sharapova
On whether she thinks of herself as the Queen Of Clay now...

"I haven't thought about myself as that, but I think I've improved a lot on this surface. I struggled on it when I was younger, but I've really trained myself to become better on it. I realized I had no choice but to become stronger and recover better because those things just don't come automatically."

On how her season has been turning around the last month or two...
"At Indian Wells I was frustrated. I thought I prepared well and worked hard, but it wasn't showing in my results. But between there and Miami I had a few days to assess everything, commit myself and keep going forward and working hard, and I felt like I was playing better in every match in Miami. I was happy with that result, and though I knew there was still a long season ahead, I was ready for it."

On being young and a veteran at the same time...
"I feel like I've been on the tour for a while! I still feel quite young though. I have the passion and energy to keep doing what I'm doing. I love playing and I love competing - I love it just as much as I did when I was 17 years old. Success came at a very young age for me, and to sit here after so many years and see what I've accomplished, I never would have thought I'd be able to do all of this."

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