(March 8, 2014) INDIAN WELLS, California – a quick at the more unusual player quotes from the BNP Paribas Open.
Maria Sharapova who was an NBC Olympic correspondent in Sochi was quizzed on the word “twizzle” after her straight sets win over Julia Goerges.
Q. Who is the coolest athlete you met, and do you know what a twizzle is?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A twizzle? Is that part of figure skating? Right, right. I don’t know if that was a trick question.
Who did I meet? I met a lot of former athletes that were working for NBC, which was like Scott Hamilton. I don’t know. It was really bizarre just like having breakfast around each other like it was no big deal. All these athletes getting together, not actually working on our sport, but that was special.
Q. Did you and Johnny Weir hang out at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Unfortunately I missed him, but I was told we had a coat competition. Yeah, we tried to upstage each other’s coats. I brought 12 and he brought 25. I mean, that’s pathetic.
Q. Never going to win that battle?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you never know.
Q. Would you consult him for designing for Serena?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That could be fun. He could design for me, as well.
Serena Williams tweeted her approval for Sharapova’s dress. The Russian was quizzed about this and talked about tennis dresses and how she and Serena Williams could design one for each other.
Q. I think Serena tweeted during your match that your outfit was totally cute. She approved.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Really? Are those her exact words, Totally cute?
Q. She said #approved.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think we have to exchange designs. We have to design an outfit for each other. That would be fun. Without knowing…
Q. Cat suit?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I have to put an end to the cat suit on me (Laughter.) I mean, I’m 26 already, so I think those days are over.
But that would be fun without telling each other what it is, just unveiling it.
Q. You would trust each other to do that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah. That would be a lot of fun, don’t you think? You guys would all show up for that, right? (Laughter.)
We’re going to get great coverage. Nike is going to be happy. It’s all good.
Q. What kind of ideas do you have for dressing up Serena then?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It’s our secret. Show up to the unveiling.
Q. No hints?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No hints. I have a few things in mind, a few silhouettes.
Roger Federer bested Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 7-6(5). The Swiss who has been on twitter about a year was asked about taking “selfies,” as he has recently posted a couple on his twitter account.
Q. On your year or so on Twitter, you have gotten very good at selfies.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, okay.
Q. If you could take a selfie with anybody, who would it be?
ROGER FEDERER: Nobody. I mean, this is totally for the supporters of me, whoever follows me or a fan of me, whoever it is, the people who do, you know, follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Just trying to make it fun and different.
Took me a long time to sort of warm up to social media, because I just didn’t know how it’s supposed to be used ‑ even though there is no rule to it. But I find some people use it in a very funny way and some in a very strange way
First, for myself, I had to find out what was going to be my direction. I saw it more as giving more sort of the extra, you know, sort of hints, sort of my angle, an extra angle to our life on tour.
So it’s actually become quite enjoyable. The last thing I want to feel is pressure that I have to take pictures or have to is something. If I don’t want to post anything for weeks, I have the right to do that and that needs to be the case.
But I must say it’s pretty funny, and it doesn’t stress me out. You just can’t being sucked into it too crazy, otherwise all you start doing is spending time on the phone, and that’s not what I want to start happening to me.
Q. We see a lot of the top players playing doubles at a tournament like this. Why not you?
LI NA: I think doubles court for me too small enough (Laughter.) I don’t know. Maybe last time I play doubles was 2007. Or I play Olympics I think with a young girl.
When I was stand up the court I even didn’t know what I have to do. Even I return, I was feeling the court so small. Everywhere is people (smiling). I cannot do it.
So for me, I really, how do you say, focus on my singles right now to see maybe I can, I even can improve a little bit.
Q. Do you not like doubles?
Q. Where have you placed the Australian Open trophy? And when do you think it will start getting boring with all the questions and Australia and all the things you achieved over there?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, I think I’m not going to get boring about those questions, you know. It’s more about being Swiss No. 1 that’s annoying me.
But about winning Grand Slam, I think it’s great. It’s positive. So I can answer many few questions if you want.
The trophy is in Switzerland in a safe place