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Wordplay: The Best AO Quotes of Week 1
By Chris Oddo
(January 20, 2013) -- We culled through all the pressers and interviews around the grounds this week so you didn't have. Here are a few of our favorite gems:
“Oh, I think it's a hundred percent.” –
, commenting on how much of her
late collapse against
of China in the second round was mental.
“Yeah, like a miracle.” – The ageless wonder, 42-year-old
, expressing her joy after
reaching the third round in singles and doubles
“I felt I played the end of the match like in a dream, like I was not even on the court. I was just hitting the ball, trying to run, trying to catch it, and not thinking anymore.” –
, after barely surviving a five set, four-hour, forty-three minute
marathon victory over Gael Monfils
in round three.
“I been asked the question so many times. I'm not nervous, but I think after so many times I'm pretty nervous now.” –
, of China, on whether or not he was nervous about being the
first male player from his country to ever play a Grand Slam match
"We expected the routine. We got the extraordinary." –
, at the conclusion of
's five-set, five-plus hour victory over Stan Wawrinka, while commentating for ESPN.
“I'm alive. My heart's beating. I'll be fine.” –
, prognosticating on her future after
turning her ankle in her first-round match
“It's just a matter of time when I get up to the big group of boys in the top 10. I know I'm going to be in there with this attitude.” – A confident
ended his run
in the third round.
“I spend a lot more time doing like little shoulder exercises that are a complete bore, that I wish I didn't have to do, but I do.” –
, answering a question about what about how much time she spends recovering after matches these days.
“Yeah I think it's pretty well known I'm a cheagan.” –
, on her not-quite-devout vegan eating practices.
“Uhm, I think you would be in pain, too, if someone was prodding into your shoulder.” – A snarky
, when asked about the pain she was feeling during an on-court shoulder treatment in the middle of her
third-round match with Sloane Stephens
“I don't think we'll play that court ever again. We're turning into the Fed/Nadal rivalry. “ –
prognosticating – perhaps prematurely?
on the future of her rivalry with Great Britain's Laura Robson.
“I repeat: he deserved to win the match in the end.” – A tired-of-talking-to-the-press
Juan Martin del Potro
, eager to give some credit for his third-round loss to his conqueror,
“I think as an athlete, as someone that works really, really hard since I was four or three, you know, I think it's a sad day for all athletes in general. But I think overall it's even more disappointing for the people that were adversely affected through everything. You can only just hope for the best for them.” –
, commenting on
Lance Armstrong's steroid confession
“Oh, everything. Simple: everything.” – World No. 1
, when asked what she felt she could improve upon from her third-round match with American Jamie Hampton.
“I was just really pumped. Why shouldn't I be?” –
, talking about her post-match celebration after defeating Venus Williams in the third round.
“You know [they], actually came to Kenya to test me. I wasn't going to Kenya to hide from anti doping. I was actually doing my pre-season there. One morning a person was waking me up. I was so shocked and afraid somebody was like robbing us.” –
, discussing his own personal experience with WADA after the Armstrong story broke this week.
“For sure I'm really sad. It's a big deception to lose that match.” –
, after dropping a heart-breaking five setter in the fourth round to Novak Djokovic.
“I really want to be top 3. This is the goal for whole team, you know.” –
, talking about the high standards she and her team have set for herself in 2013.
“This morning I was thinking it's my ninth Aussie Open. It's scary.” –
, reflecting on the passage of time after her 11th career match with her compatriot
(Ivanovic has won eight of the eleven).
(Photo Credit: Mark Peterson/ Corleve)
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