Monday, May 25, 2009

French Open--what they said

(Bartoli's remarks are translated.)

"Well, the thing is the first set, I guess I played the worst first set in my whole life. I couldn't feel anything. First of all, the warmup, I couldn't put two balls on the other side of the court. I was so stressed. I couldn't feel my grips. I didn't know how to grip the racquet anymore."
Marion Bartoli

"After shoulder surgery I'm not going to come out and hit Mach 50 and try and hit aces left and right. "
Maria Sharapova

"I feel right now that Safina should be number 1."
Serena Williams

" coach always says 'it can be easy, 6‑1, 6‑1, and can be tough. I only can put this difference. If you start to play your game, it's tough to handle you.' I was playing good and it was tough for her. That was the result how he says."
Dinara Safina

"When you are very stressed you can't breathe, and my impression was that my legs were weighing 100 kilos each. I was late on each ball. I couldn't see the ball properly. It was a nightmare."
Marion Bartoli

I read that you're staying with Serena and you got the bigger bedroom. How did that work out?
"I don't know. Every time I go, she comes in my room and opens the closet and says, 'look at all this closet space.' She's silly,though. I'm just happy that she lets me stay for free."
Venus Williams

You're known as a fighter. It's practically attached to your name. How difficult was it to encounter a situation where really fighting did not help?
"To be honest, it really did. I think if I was--if I was a mentally weak person or individual, I think I wouldn't be here today. I'd be on some island. I mean, sounds good to me, probably sounds good to everyone in this room. You know, with a nice cold pina colada and a nice cold towel they hand around at the pools."
Maria Sharapova

You said you have experience, but you were stressed. Is there a particular reason?
"There's a little reason. First, we are in France. Second, we are in the French Open. Third, we have--my results in the French Open haven't been great. Then I also played against a French player, and also, it's clay. So all of this sums it up."
Marion Bartoli


Laura B said...

I've never known Serena to be that humble and gracious but all credit to her for saying that. She probably regrets saying it. Should be interesting, should the two of them meet.

Diane said...

I don't know how humble it was--and I don't mean this in an anti-Serena way at all--I think she kind of painted herself into a corner.

leia said...

When did Serena say that?

And also, Marion's statements is just gold. You really do get why those circumstances would create stress.

Diane said...

There was a clip on Tennis Channel of her saying it, leia. I took just one sentence, but I didn't take it out of context. She said a little bit more, but along the same line.

Marion's press conferences are probably my favorite. She is deadly honest and terribly funny.

Anonymous said...

She was humble. but people will think what they want when it comes to the sisters. Darn if they do and darn if they don't. It's like their waiting for things to happen with them.

Anonymous said...

I think marion bartoli said it for all the french players with her answer to the last Q. :s