Press Esc to close
Saturday 24 June 2017
News updated at 2:11 AM IST

Sharapova savours a great season

BRISBANE, Dec 31, 2012, Reuters : 22:18 IST
All set: Sharapova cools off during a training session. AFP
Maria Sharapova said 2012 had been the most memorable year of her career after her victory at the French Open and carrying Russia's flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

"A lot of things came together," she said in Brisbane on Monday.

"It was the grand slam that was going to take a little bit longer than the others for me. I knew that physically I needed a few extra years to get stronger to move more efficiently on that surface," she said of her win on the French clay.

"The Olympic experience was one that I'll never forget because it was my first time being an Olympian. I was the first Russian female athlete to carry the flag for my country, so it was very emotional. It was such an incredible experience."

Sharapova, competing in this week's Brisbane International tournament, said there was more depth in women's tennis than at any stage of her 12-year career.

"It's much more physical than it has been," she said.

"Maybe five years ago you go into a tournament and you would treat the first couple of rounds as, you know, not as a warm-up, but you don't have to go into the first round thinking, okay, this is where I really have to play my best tennis.” she said.

"Now it's certainly much different because you can be facing an opponent that's had good results, beaten top players, hasn't been consistent enough but is a really tough, tough player.

"The inconsistency obviously shows that their ranking is not high enough, therefore you're facing them in the first few rounds.

Stronger sport


"It is a much stronger sport. And also with technology and racquets and improvements of all the things we have. There are so many things in tennis that in other sports you don't consider: the balls, the racquets, the strings. That changes yearly."

World No 1 Victoria Azarenka, who will defend her Australian Open title in Melbourne, labelled this the toughest era in the history of the women's game.

"I truly believe women's tennis is the highest competition right now," she said. "We have a lot of girls who any given day can win a title and beat each other.

“That's very exciting for the public to see and it's exciting for us, the players.

"It gives an extra motivation to know that I have to work hard because if I don't, there is somebody that's going to take my spot. For me personally, I have a lot of excitement for women's competition because I know that I always have to be there."

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief...

NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief...

A police officer offers supports to the son of slain DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandit to pay respects to...

A police officer offers supports to the son of slain DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandit to pay respects to...

Members of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind (Delhi state) burn an effigy during a protest against Israel at...

Members of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind (Delhi state) burn an effigy during a protest against Israel at...

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C38, carrying earth observation satellite...

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C38, carrying earth observation satellite...

Muslims take cover with a cloth to protect themselves from scorching heat as they offer last...

Muslims take cover with a cloth to protect themselves from scorching heat as they offer last...

BSF personnel take part in a cycle rally at India Gate to aware people against drugs in New Dehi...

BSF personnel take part in a cycle rally at India Gate to aware people against drugs in New Dehi...

Angry students burn railway properties during a violent protest against Central government over...

Angry students burn railway properties during a violent protest against Central government over...

Former Union minister Nagmani showing a bullet which was fired from an unidentified assailant...

Former Union minister Nagmani showing a bullet which was fired from an unidentified assailant...

Children are seen near the entrance gate of Maroda Village which was renamed as 'Trump Village'...

Children are seen near the entrance gate of Maroda Village which was renamed as 'Trump Village'...

Children play football in mud after rainfall in Kolkata on Friday. PTI

Children play football in mud after rainfall in Kolkata on Friday. PTI

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.