April 19, 2021

Maria Sharapova: I Believe I Can Win “Slam” Again

Russian Maria Sharapova commented on her defeat in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

– Barty is not easy to resist, she has an unusual style of play. She acted great, I had chances to change the course of the meeting, but I could not use them. I fell out of the game for several games in a row, she felt more confident.

How do you reaction stands at you? You booed after a toilet break. Did it affect you?

– What do you want to hear in response? I think this is a stupid question.

How is your shoulder?

– Over the past months, I did not hide the fact that it worries me. So it was last season. Now I just need to control this pain.

What happened in the second and third sets?Was it a problem with physics or psychology?

– I did not have enough concentration. When the score was 30:30 in the first game of the second game, I behaved incorrectly, going backwards and allowing her to hold long draws.

Doesn’t it bother you that now you can’t take meldonium that you have been taking for many years?

– Any other questions?

How do you rate your game at the beginning of the season?

“I did some good stuff this week.” Of course, there is always where to grow. But I need to think about the shoulder. In particular, it is directly related to the flow that I would like to improve. I will do my best to be healthy.

– Do you think Barty can win the Slam?

– Every athlete has a chance, they only need to take advantage. In some matches she played brilliantly, but to win she needed to do it three more times. We’ll see.

– Do you believe that you can win another trophy on the “major”?

– Yes, otherwise it would be difficult for me to continue working in such a rhythm. I would have to fool myself.

What are your plans for the coming weeks? Will you examine your shoulder?

– I will play in St. Petersburg, and then only in Indian Wells.

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