Australian Open Press Conference Quarterfinal
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Australian Open Press Conference Quarterfinal

Q. Tough match today. Your thoughts about how it went, what went wrong?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you know, she played quite explosive. Thought at times, you know, when I got in the rally I wasn’t moving forward, wasn’t cutting the angles off enough.

She got herself back in the points. She was really explosive off the return. Yeah.

Q. Looking back on the match, is there much you think you could have done differently? Tight first set.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I feel like if it was 5-All, I mean, the momentum would have been a little bit different than going into where she played a really great beginning of the second set.

You know, I think at 5-All maybe the mentality of her confidence would have changed a little bit. But, you know, she returned really well on those deuce points. Really got me on the back foot, yeah.

Q. You mentioned her confidence. She got off to a fairly slow start in the first set. What were your thoughts when you saw that? Why weren’t you able to keep that gap that you had early on?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was a 2-0 gap, so I’m not sure it’s…

Q. It’s something.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely. But the match is still two-out-of-three. It’s not about the first point or a point in the middle. It’s really about the last point, so…

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