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Quotable Quotes: Sharapova & Halep

Just how badly did Maria Sharapova want the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen? How did Simona Halep feel about all her crowd support? All the best quotes from the finalists...

Published June 07, 2014 12:14

Quotable Quotes: Sharapova & Halep
Maria Sharapova

PARIS, France - Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep met the press after their three-hour, two-minute epic at Roland Garros on Saturday - here are the best quotes from those press conferences...

Maria Sharapova
On her feelings after the victory...

"It's such an emotional victory for me in my career. You know, I have been in many Grand Slam finals, and every one feels very different. I feel as I get older I appreciate those situations so much more. And when it's over, after it being such an emotional match, everything just kind of lets go.

"You realize you just won another Grand Slam, and Roland Garros at that."

On whether she ever thought this would be the first one she'd win twice...
"It's really amazing. I feel that I worked to get to this position. There's nothing else. There is no substitute in these titles. You can't just go out there and do it without putting in the effort, putting in the work. You're not just born being a natural clay court player - okay, maybe if you're Nadal, but certainly not me. I didn't grow up on it; didn't play on it. I just took it upon myself to make myself better on it.

"There's no one else that was going to do that for me. I had to do the work."

On how much she wanted this trophy...
"There's a reason why I haven't been to one shop while I've been in Paris. It's because I want this. I haven't eaten many macaroons either. It's because I want this. All of those things contribute."

On how she would tell the story of the tournament...
"It's interesting when the draw comes out. Everyone's in there. It's a mixture of older generation, newer generation, people that are somewhere in the middle probably, like me. There are the favorites, the underdogs, the young ones that people are looking towards and believe will be the rising stars.

"This tournament has proven to be that. There were upsets in the beginning. From the beginning of the tournament everyone came in my press conference and the first thing they said was, 'You're going to be facing Serena in the quarterfinals. What a tough draw. What bad luck you have.' We hadn't even played the first round yet. So from that tough luck to being the French Open champion is very nice. That's what I say when the draw comes out, that nothing is set in stone. We have to play our matches."

Simona Halep
On shedding a few tears before the trophy ceremony...

"Yes. I was crying at that moment for a few minutes, and then I was smiling because I told myself it was my first Grand Slam final, and I have to be happy and smile, because I did everything on court. I played very good tennis, a very good level. So I'm really proud about these two weeks. They were incredible weeks here and it was an incredible tournament. It was an amazing feeling on court today."

On the fans...
"It was an amazing atmosphere out there. I felt all the people with me, saying my name during the games and during the points, so it was an incredible, incredible crowd. I want to thank everybody, and also the Romanians, because they came especially to support me today. I also heard that in my country they were watching the match in the city - so it was just amazing, and I want to thank them."

On what she thinks she could have done better...
"My forehand. I have to work more on my forehand, because I made a few important mistakes in important moments. I'm really happy the way I played, because I think I played my best tennis - but my forehand I want to improve more, and when I hit a forehand cross, hit it more and open the court.

"But it was a good match, and I will take a break from tennis now, then I'll start working again."

On what she's learned about herself over the last two weeks...
"That I can play at a very high level. I can play the finals without big emotions. Before at the Grand Slams I couldn't play my best tennis because I felt the pressure, but here I did play my best tennis."

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