Thursday 4 July 2013
Q. Your feelings right now.
SABINE LISICKI: Overwhelmed. I’m just so happy. Couldn’t be any better, and couldn’t be any better place to play the first Grand Slam final.
Q. I think you were nine when Steffi played her last Wimbledon final. Do you remember that day, and what does it feel like for you to be in the final?
SABINE LISICKI: I don’t remember it, unfortunately. But, you know, it’s just an amazing feeling. She wished me luck before the match. So, you know, she told me to go for it, and I’m just so happy. I was just fighting for every single point out there. Fought my heart out there.
Q. Did she call you or send you an email?
SABINE LISICKI: She sent a text, yes.
Q. How does it feel to be the first German to reach the final since Steffi?
SABINE LISICKI: I think I haven’t realized it yet. When I arrived here at the tournament, I just, you know, said that anything’s possible. That’s what I believed; I still do. Read more »
Thursday 4 July 2013
Marion Bartoli’s Wimbledon press conference after her 6-1, 6-2 victory against Kirsten Flipkens.
Q. We’re all fascinated that you’re able to sleep before a semifinal match. Can you explain why you need to sleep, why it’s important so close to the game.
MARION BARTOLI: Yeah, well, I felt I was just maybe a bit tired and I needed a quick nap just to recover from my early morning practice and everything I had to do to be ready to go on court.
So it was just a quick nap of 15, 20 minutes, and go on court.
But so far it’s working extremely well, so I don’t see why I should change that.
Q. Did you set your alarm?
MARION BARTOLI: No. I just said to Vick, the physio upstairs, to wake me up just in case (laughter). Read more »
After 6-0, 6-1 semi-final win over Italian Sara Errani.
Q. You have mentioned a couple of great Grand Slam performances in the past, but you had 40 winners of your 52 points. That’s got to be right up there with one of your best, no?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Definitely. Those stats are really good, I think, and very consistent. So, yeah.
Q. Just talk about the match, how you felt. Obviously you must have felt in very good form, no?
SERENA WILLIAMS: For me, I didn’t necessarily go out there and I was feeling great. For me, it was more like let’s just see what happens and try to do the best I could.
Q. I think you won your last 12 matches against Maria in the last 11. She’s only taken two sets off you. Does that put you in a position where you get extra confidence from that, or is it something you don’t take into consideration?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Not really right now, because it’s a different time, a different era, just a different match. It’s a brand new match, so definitely don’t take it. But we have played a lot. Just gotta do the best that I can.
Q. Would you accept it’s soul destroying playing against you at the moment?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, wow. (Smiling.) I would never say that. Ever. But I just go out there and do the best that I can and that’s it. But I would never say that.
Q. Clearly you kept her from playing her game, but she never had a chance to get in the points and that’s what she wants. She only won 16 points. Was there any point out there like she’s a nice girl, you were feeling a little sorry for her, or you can’t even allow yourself? Read more »
Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian is not participating in this year’s French Open due to injuries. However, I have a feeling he is not missing Roland Garros. On May 27, his longtime girlfriend Victoria gave birth to their daughter Sossie. Sossie, or often spelled Sosi, is a beautiful Armenian girl name.
This photo is from the Twitter of David’s official site. The message says: “I’m happy!!! Last night, Sossie was born. Both the baby and Vicky are in perfect conditions.”
Congratulations to David and Victoria.
P.S. I am glad , we were able to get his autograph last year at Roland Garros. Check out the photos here.
According to Sportbox.ru, Russian tennis star Maris Sharapova might play in the Fed Cup final against Italy. The Russian Tennis Federation, and especially Shamil Tarpischev, are actively negotiating with Maris and her team to see if she will be available for the final that is going to take place in Italy from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3. Usually the Federation prefers that the original team members play in the final, but the ultimate goal is to put together a team that can beat the Italians.
Q. Did you feel like you could take advantage of Jelena because she got off the court so late last night and the turnaround was tough? You jumped on her right away.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Unfortunately I’m selfishly not really thinking about that when I’m out on the court, because it is my job to try to win the match as well as I can, and I did have a late one, as well. Not a late one but a long one yesterday.
So it was important for me to physically and mentally be there because I didn’t feel like I played my best tennis yesterday. But it was really important to go out and, you know, change a few things, just have a better mentality, be a bit more positive, and I felt like I did a few things better today. That’s why the result was a shorter one. Read more »
At this year’s Roland Garros Kids’ Day, my five-year-old daughter and I left the main entertaining show with Novak Djokovic and other stars on the center court, and started checking the side courts to hunt for some autographs for my daughter. We spotted American Andy Roddick practicing on one of the side courts, and decided to wait until he finishes it to ask for an autograph.
(Hoping for an autograph from Andy Roddick.)
Then, I see David Nalbandian getting ready to start his practice after Roddick. I have been a huge David Nalbandian fan for years, don’t know how many sleepless and frustrating nights I have spent because of him. Read more »
Today Serena Williams lost in the first round of the French Open, for the first time ever at a major. Her record was 46-0 in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments. Unbelievable accomplishment. She fell to 111th-ranked French Virginie Razzano. Read Jon Wertheim’s comments about this entertaining match where Serena saved seven match points.
Below is the post-match interview with Williams.
Q. I know you just finished the match and it’s hard to describe. Just kind of talk about from 5?1 in the second set breaker on, what kind of happened there?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I just started making a lot of errors. I mean, the whole match, I just didn’t play at all the way I have been practicing.
So, yeah, I just made ?? I don’t know how many errors I ended up making, but I haven’t been playing like that in the past.
Q. Do you want to talk about the last game? You climbed back to 5?3. I think five or six break?point opportunities. Couldn’t get over the hump?