Point / Counterpoint
Keep It Simple
Grand Slam Winners
Add to Flipboard Magazine.
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)
Venus: Olympics More Meaningful Than Majors
Cornet: I Know the Rule, and Respect it
Serena Williams Marches On in Paris
Djokovic Rolls Into Round Three Aiming To Shake Rust
Fast and Furious Nadal into Round Three
TENNIS NOW TV
Daily News Vlog
Catching Up With...
Find Tennis Lessons Near You
Tennis Lessons Online with Tom Avery
Fuzzy Yellow Balls - Video Tennis Lessons
Tennis Express - Racquets, Shoes, and Apparel