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July 1, 2014
A. KERBER/M. Sharapova
7/6, 4/6, 6/4
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† You were the favorite after Serena exited.¬† Does it make the loss today more difficult to take?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† I always consider myself one of the favorites because I've won Grand Slams before; been No.1 in the world.¬† It's absolutely normal for people to have high expectations of me doing well in Grand Slam stages.
I certainly do, as well.¬† Today could have gone either way, and it didn't go my way.
Q.¬† What do you think the difference was in the match, and what will you take from the way you saved all those match points?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† I think there were a few little key moments in each set actually that I can learn from.¬† You know, I was up in the tiebreaker and didn't follow through.¬† You know, it was great to come back in that second.
Had a really slow start in the third.¬† She rode with that confidence.¬† It was just a few points in the end of that.¬† Maybe things would have been different if I won that game, but in the end I didn't.
Q.¬† What about in the end when you were down half a dozen match points and were able to save them.¬† Can you describe what that was like for you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Well, I gave myself a chance to come back in the match after losing the first set.¬† After having a slow start to the third, you know, I felt like I worked too hard within the match to let it go the easy way.
So I did everything I could in the end to try to save those.¬† I did, but I didn't save the last one.
Q.¬† Petra Kvitova is the only Grand Slam champion winner left in the tournament.¬† Does this represent a changing of the guard?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Yes and no.¬† The Grand Slam champions so far are myself and Li Na who have both won Grand Slams, yet you see a younger generation that's driving through the Grand Slam stages, playing exceptionally against top players.
I think they're top 20, top 10 going to be in the world now.¬† So you definitely see that shift.
As far as winning Grand Slams, I think that's yet to be determined.
Q.¬† Kerber made so few mistakes today; was that frustrating to play against?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† No.¬† She's never really a player that gives you a lot of mistakes or lots of errors.¬† You really have to win the match against her.
She showed that today.
Q.¬† You opened a candy shop in Wimbledon.¬† Why?¬† Will you spend more time there now that you're not competing anymore?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† The idea came last year of opening something if I had the right location to do so.¬† It's always been kind of my idea to open up a pop‑up shop during Grand Slams.
Wimbledon is just great because you have a little village and a lot of people coming through from the tennis.¬† I was lucky to get a good location.
It was just for the three weeks, though.
Q.¬† Is it going well?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Yes, it is.
Q.¬† Will you be there now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† I'm not sure how long I'll stay there, but I'll definitely pay a visit.¬† I love going there.
Q.¬† You mentioned the other day about how hard it is to do the double.¬† It isn't just switching from clay to grass, but it's the extended period of clay.¬† Are you a bit worn out mentally and physically from the last few months and then winning the French?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Not really.¬† I think I've actually had a really rejuvenating trip, to be honest.¬† I know it's been very physical and I played a lot of matches.
To think of where I started in Stuttgart, I was a couple points from losing that first round on, and here I am three titles later with a Grand Slam and obviously a tough result today.
Otherwise I'm in a much better position compared to last year.¬† Last year I was sitting here with an injured shoulder not really sure what I was going to do.¬† Didn't really have a coach at that time.
So looking at a bigger perspective, I'm in a much better place.
Q.¬† It's rare that you have this number of unforced errors.¬† Did you feel you were fighting it at times today or just missing?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† I haven't seen the numbers of unforced errors or winners and all of that.¬† That's not really the stat that I look at after a match.
Q.¬† Now that you have a free day tomorrow, will you go into the players box to watch Dimitrov against Andy Murray?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† I haven't had a chance to think about that as I just finished my match 30 minutes ago.
Q.¬† When you won here so young, it looked like you had a game sort of tailor made for this surface.¬† How has your relationship with grass changed over these last 10 years?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Despite the results and the fact that I've lost here and haven't had good results, I still love playing on grass.¬† I think my game suits the surface extremely well.
You know, it's always tough to say that you love playing out there after losing a match, but I really do.¬† You know, considering I didn't play any matches, I thought I felt much better on it than I did the previous couple of years.
Q.¬† Has it become more challenging or do you feel it's circumstances one year to the next?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Well, the surface itself has changed since 10 years ago.¬† I don't think we had the rallies that I had with Kerber today 10 years ago against anyone.
Q.¬† You've come in for a little bit of criticism about the sweets shop, given it's not the kind of food for athletes.
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Criticism but great sales afterwards.¬† It's kind of like the best day after the criticisms.¬† If you want to provide some more...
Q.¬† Which of the sweets do you eat?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Well, there's 15 of them.¬† I kind of go back and forth between my favorites.
Q.¬† Which ones are your favorites, please?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† Quirky.¬† It's called Quirky.
Q.¬† What's it made of?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† It's a licorice type, marshmallow middle with a strawberry flavor.¬† You should give it a try.
You can smile more often, by the way.
Q.¬† There were a few rallies, especially today.¬† You were hitting big and hitting so flat, yet she was still able to get the ball back.¬† Is that a credit to her anticipation and defense, or is it really that the surface has slowed down and we're seeing a few more of these protracted rallies?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† I think a combination of both.¬† As the court wears out a little bit it gives us a chance to have longer rallies.
She's a great anticipator of the ball.¬† She's one of the best.¬† That's why she's been in the top the last few years.¬† Maybe she hasn't had the best results this year particularly, but she's played on the bigger stages.¬† She's gone far in Grand Slams.¬† She's been top 10 for a while now.
There's a reason she does that.¬† I don't think she has a very huge weapon, but the fact that she makes you play such a physical match, gets so many balls back, and not just back, but deep and hard and flat, yeah, it says something.
Q.¬† Who would you pick out of the girls that are left in the draw as the most likely winner here?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† I'm not sure.¬† Yeah, it's tough to think about that.
Q.¬† Both you and Serena Williams are out now before the quarterfinals.¬† What is happening to the big experienced stars?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† In this particular tournament?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† It happens.¬† That's the game.¬† Just because you come in as a favorite doesn't mean that you are guaranteed to hold the trophy at the end of the two weeks.
That's why we play this sport.¬† You start from the first round.¬† As many people anticipate certain matches, people going through, the favorites.¬† At the end of the day those are just words.
We as players have to go out and play.¬† That's the way some of the results have turned out.
Q.¬† There's a lot of tennis ahead in the summertime.¬† Having won one major, does that help you get through the rest of the season and free you up a little bit because you already have that one in your pocket?
MARIA SHARAPOVA:¬† It's tough to think about that now because I'm always disappointed after tough matches like these.
But, of course.¬† To come back after not playing for a few months at the end of last year, a few question marks.¬† And not having the best start to the season.
Of course, it was great to come out really strong in Paris and fight the way that I did and come through some of those really tough matches.
But, again, you're only as good as your last tournament. ¬†So I got to get back on the horse and work hard, as I'm sure everyone says after they lose a match, and keep doing it and keep working.
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