Native fauna, new nicknames and ... Valentino Rossi? Welcome to the quotes of Australian Open 2014.By Alexandra Willis | Saturday, 25 January, 2014
The distinctive bowels of the Australian Open media conference room have yielded many a gem over the years, ranging from deep emotion to pure frivolity.
Here are a few of the more amusing soundbites from the women at Australian Open 2014.
Li Na has something she would like us to know
“I’m not God. I can’t prepare everything. For me, tennis score can be 6-1, can be 7-6. If you win, is win. Doesn't matter how is the score.”
Dominika Cibulkova (161cm tall) has her say on height
“It's not about how tall are you. Even if you are tall, it doesn't mean that you are 100 per cent going to make it, you know.”
Serena likes to keep secrets. Her camp don’t
Q. You have been struggling with your back in practice?
SERENA WILLIAMS: And how do you know that?
Q. That's my job to know that.
Q. Patrick said that you blocked your back and then you blocked your neck.
SERENA WILLIAMS: So he's the one that's snitching?
Jelena Jankovic is just like any older sister
“I didn’t get the right amount of sleep and was really cranky. It’s my fault. I was yelling at my brother Marko, he can put up with it. He does this face and I just want to slap it. I love him but on court he is the one who gets it all the time.”
Sloane Stephens suffers a heartbreak
Q. Talk about what it's like to be back here, what you expect of yourself for this coming season.
SLOANE STEPHENS: It's always good to be back here. I love being in Australia. I think the most disappointing part of my trip so far has been that I went to Pizza Napoli and they have changed into the Vietnamese restaurant. I think that was the most disappointing thing.
Genie Bouchard doesn’t beat around the bush
Q. Can you explain the gift?
EUGENIE BOUCHARD: It's an emu. Her name is Sheila. I got a gift even though I lost. Thanks to the Genie Army.
Q. Who named it Sheila?
EUGENIE BOUCHARD: It's her name. It says it right here …
Agnieszka Radwanska’s method for sleeping
“I think I will just watch some TV series and try to fall asleep. Boring book is good to fall asleep. But I think after the match, it's not going to work. I tried.”
Laura Robson knows where she lives
Q. When you say go home, do you mean back to London to play in Europe probably in the next sort of month?
LAURA ROBSON: Definitely London. I don't know what other home I have.
Casey Dellacqua announces she doesn’t mind the heatwave
Q. Are you crazy?
CASEY DELLACQUA: I don't know.
But Zheng Jie does mind the heatwave
ZHENG JIE: I feel is so hot, my mentally is no working. My move is so bad. I cannot move so fast. I cannot deep breaths.
Li Na’s pre-tournament ambition
“This year at least I try not to falling down on court. This is more important for me.”
Maria Sharapova gets distracted
Q. How long does it take you to get over the disappointment? Like how long until you can start again or start looking forward to the next challenge?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have good self esteem when you speak. It's really nice.
Q. You too.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: What was the question? I was just admiring your form.
Victoria Azarenka ends up with a new name
Q. Australian public hasn't quite got your nickname. A lot of ‘Go Vicki’ out there tonight.
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I have to confess because Vicki is not my name. Actually, nobody ever calls me that. It's Vika or Victoria. I don't know why it sticks to Vicki. It's completely different name.
Ana Ivanovic contradicts her reading ability
Q. What are you reading these days?
ANA IVANOVIC: Actually I've been not reading that much last few days. I've been reading this book by Jeffrey Archer. It's trilogy. I'm on the third book.
When you’ve just won your fourth Grand Slam doubles title, you get asked about ...
Q. Valentino Rossi is a huge icon in Italy. Do you think he'll be back in his prime?
SARA ERRANI: Yeah, I think Valentino Rossi always have been unbelievable, so I think he can come back.