Q. Are you happy overall of how you played today with different conditions, the roof on?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think last year I didn’t play an indoor match until the final until they closed the roof, so I guess it’s good to play in a different environment.Yeah, against somebody again I haven’t faced before, which is quite rare, but, you know, felt like her game was a little bit unpredictable. I had to make some adjustments. She came up with a few good shots and a few errors, some great big first serves and some shorter ones.So I think for me it was really about adjusting today.Q. At the end of the first set you had a bit of a rough patch on your serve. When it’s like this, was it the timing? How do you fix it right away?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, my toss went off a little bit, but I thought I was able to serve quite well the rest of the match except that game, so that was good.Improved my returns a little bit today compared to the first match.
Q. Players often talk about confidence coming from wins and from matches. When you have a spell like you’ve where you haven’t played, missed the first tournament of the year, you come in a little bit cold, where do you gather that confidence from?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think from ending the season on a pretty, yeah, good run, I would say, considering I hadn’t played much since Wimbledon. The matches that I did play I thought they were of good intensity. They were physical; I got through them.
Yeah, I think that gave me — especially in Prague, I think, even in the end, as a team, we didn’t win, I thought they were very big personal victories for me. Playing Kvitova in front of 15,000 screaming Czech fans, it felt like there was a lot on the line, and I felt I had to face that myself, and someone I had lost to just a couple of weeks before.
It was a big win. So I think taking that and bringing it into the season, there is definitely — it’s not like I had so much time off and it’s not like I had a really long offseason.
Q. Do you think your lack of match practice heading into the Australian summer is a good thing for you again?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I didn’t really have much choice, so I don’t think if it’s a good thing or bad thing. I just work with what I have.
Q. Quite a few dropshots from you today. How would you rate your mastery of that after recently adding it to your arsenal?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Mastery and arsenal in two sentences. That’s quite a vocabulary you’ve got there.
Yeah, it’s something that I have added to my game, and that’s helped me, you know, especially playing against opponents that stay far back.
When I’m aggressive and I have depth on my shots, it’s just good to have that variety to bring them in, to move forward myself. I mean, I had a couple of good ones; I had a couple of really crappy ones. I’d say it was pretty mediocre today.