Quotable Quotes: From Clay To Grass

What first is Ana Ivanovic going for this week? How hard is the transition from clay to grass? Here are the WTA stars in their own words from the Aegon Classic.

Published June 09, 2014 12:15


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BIRMINGHAM, England - Four of the biggest names at this week's Aegon Classic talked about everything from their goals to how much the tournament has improved to the clay-to-grass transition.

Here they all are in their own words... enjoy!

Lucie Safarova
On her (very specific) goal this week...

"Obviously I want to reach my seeding, but first of all I want to get some matches out on the grass because it's a very different and very unique surface so those first matches are always very hard, and I'm going to take it step by step and try to get better each match and get some good results."

Heather Watson
On the transition from clay to grass...

"I think this is the hardest change, from clay to grass. The ball is a lot quicker and the moment is just very different. But I enjoy playing on both surfaces, especially on the grass here at home."

On how the tournament has improved...
"I think it's a great tournament here and the improvements over the years are just great. The new clubhouse, and also all the courts have been resurfaced, and I think the quality of the grass and the tournament has just been going up and up every year, and it's also just got a great atmosphere."

Ana Ivanovic
On going for another first here in Birmingham...

"I don't think I have a grass court title under my belt, so it would be amazing to have one and do it here. And Wimbledon is just around the corner, which is one of my dreams as well."

On the transition from clay to grass...
"This is a very tough part of the season, because the clay courts take a lot out of your body and your mind, too. There's a lot of competition on clay, and then it's a very fast change to the grass courts and then Wimbledon. I have struggled in the past with it but hopefully with a new approach and different tactics it can make some difference, and I have had experience in the transition as well."

On her best advice for playing on grass...
"It's very important to have your direction set and to be certain on the type of game you want to impose on your opponent, because on grass courts everything happens so fast, so if you take the time to think whether you're going to go down the line or crosscourt, you lose your momentum."

Samantha Stosur
On her past struggles with grass...

"Grass has always been a surface that I've kind of struggled with in the past. It's not something I find so easily to use my natural weapons on, I guess. But last year I was actually really happy with the way that I played at Wimbledon, and so I'm just trying to pick up where I left off there."

On her goals during the grass court lead-up to Wimbledon...
"Given there are only two weeks before Wimbledon starts and you get these two chances to play a couple of tournaments, it's important while you're here to try and play as many matches as possible. And I think the more time you get on court the better you are for it, so it's important to go out there and not put too much pressure on yourself in the beginning, because it's new for everyone, but obviously to try and do what you can do; feel as comfortable as possible as quickly as possible."

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