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By Chris Oddo

Stosur Australian Open 2013 (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.” – Sam Stosur, commenting on how much of her late collapse against Zheng Jie of China in the second round was mental.

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“Yeah, like a miracle.” – The ageless wonder, 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, expressing her joy after reaching the third round in singles and doubles in Melbourne.

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“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.” – Gilles Simon, after barely surviving a five set, four-hour, forty-three minute marathon victory over Gael Monfils in round three.


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“I been asked the question so many times. I'm not nervous, but I think after so many times I'm pretty nervous now.” – Wu Di, 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.

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"We expected the routine. We got the extraordinary." – Darren Cahill, at the conclusion of Novak Djokovic's five-set, five-plus hour victory over Stan Wawrinka, while commentating for ESPN.

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“I'm alive. My heart's beating. I'll be fine.” – Serena Williams, prognosticating on her future after turning her ankle in her first-round match against Edina Gallovits-Hall.

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“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 Bernard Tomic after Roger Federer ended his run in the third round.

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“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.” – Maria Sharapova, answering a question about what about how much time she spends recovering after matches these days.

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“Yeah I think it's pretty well known I'm a cheagan.” – Venus Williams, on her not-quite-devout vegan eating practices.

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“Uhm, I think you would be in pain, too, if someone was prodding into your shoulder.” – A snarky Laura Robson, 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.

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“I don't think we'll play that court ever again. We're turning into the Fed/Nadal rivalry. “ – Sloane Stephens prognosticating – perhaps prematurely?
on the future of her rivalry with Great Britain's Laura Robson.

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“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, Jeremy Chardy of France.

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“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.” – Serena Williams, commenting on Lance Armstrong's steroid confession.

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“Oh, everything. Simple: everything.” – World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, when asked what she felt she could improve upon from her third-round match with American Jamie Hampton.

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“I was just really pumped. Why shouldn't I be?” – Maria Sharapova, talking about her post-match celebration after defeating Venus Williams in the third round.

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“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.” – Janko Tipsarevic, discussing his own personal experience with WADA after the Armstrong story broke this week.

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“For sure I'm really sad. It's a big deception to lose that match.” – Stan Wawrinka, after dropping a heart-breaking five setter in the fourth round to Novak Djokovic.

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“I really want to be top 3. This is the goal for whole team, you know.” – Li Na, talking about the high standards she and her team have set for herself in 2013.

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“This morning I was thinking it's my ninth Aussie Open. It's scary.” – Ana Ivanovic, reflecting on the passage of time after her 11th career match with her compatriot Jelena Jankovic (Ivanovic has won eight of the eleven).


(Photo Credit: Mark Peterson/ Corleve)

 

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