The Championships Wimbledon
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
at Wimbledon, England
Maria Sharapova def. Stephanie Foretz 6-1, 6-4
Q. One down, six more to go?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You could look at it that way, yeah.
Q. Feel comfortable out there?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was definitely a good start, considering I
didn't have a warmup tournament like I usually do. My main goal is just
to go out there, get a feel for it as fast as I could and get the job
Q. Quite an eye catching outfit.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Thank you.
Q. I'm wondering, how much do you test drive an outfit before you
approve it? Is it comfortable to play in? How much did you test it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do. I usually wear test it in one practice. But I
usually do that like seven months before because, you know, the process
takes quite a long time. I mean, I already know what I'm wearing, you
know, in the fall 2009.
So, you know, yeah, it's pretty far in advance because stuff has to
go to retail and all that stuff.
Q. What inspired the white tuxedo look?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I love menswear in general. You know, I love tuxedo
jackets. I love things that are actually a little bit baggier and wide.
I loved when that whole wide legged pant trend kind of set in, because I
love that. I'm tall and I can pull those things off.
So it was fun doing it because, you know, it's hard to do things
different with white. You know, there's only so much you could do. I
thought, why not do shorts this year? I've never done it at a Grand
Slam. You know, if there's one place to do it, it's here.
Q. What will you wear next year then, if you already know?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, goodness (laughter). I still haven't finished
the tournament. We've got a lot in store.
Q. With all due respect, that top takes a certain type of body to
pull that off. Do you really expect that to be a big seller off the
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. A lot of the stuff I wear is actually
promo only. Like the jacket's not in stores because the materials are
usually brought in from Italy and France a lot of the time.
Uhm, and, I don't know actually. I hope it does. It's a beautiful
top. It's so well done. To be able to perform in that, with it being so
thin, so mobile, it's really cool.
Q. What did you think of Serena's raincoat and Roger's cardigan?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I didn't see it. I did see Federer's cardigan. I
thought that was classic. It was beautiful.
Q. You spoke in New York with the black dress of your love of
Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Talk about tuxedos.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I love how 10 of the questions are about what we're
wearing. It's amazing.
Q. Did you expect anything else?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I don't (laughter). Every time I get asked about
it, it still amazes me.
Q. That's the point.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: As long as I'm amazed and not bored, you're doing a
good job (laughter).
I don't know why. Like I said, I think it's very flattering,
especially on women, to be able to pull off a look that's basically
menswear. You know, from very tailored jackets to things that are a
little bit oversized, as well.
I didn't wear my pants on court today, but they're very wide legged
and high waisted. I love that trend. It's very classic. You can't go
wrong with it.
Like I said, if there's a place to do it, it's definitely Wimbledon.
Q. Not to bore you with a tennis question.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You always do that (smiling).
Q. In Australia you started playing well early, got off to a fast
start, played great all the way through. In France, you kind of tried to
work your way through. It's clay. Didn't work as well. Today you're
playing well. Did you feel like coming in that's important for you to
start playing well early, get a feel for the ball, maybe your game will
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I've had different experiences in Grand Slams. You
know, sometimes I feel like I start off slow and I find my rhythm
throughout the tournament. I get better and better.
In France, even though I lost in the fourth round, I really feel like
my level had stepped up from my three rounds. You know, like I said, I
was so close to winning the match, and then you end up talking about
losing the match. Very thin line between winning and losing.
Obviously it's very important to start off the tournament on a good
form. I knew my opponent has already played a couple of matches. Going
on to Court 1 today, I knew the court would be a little bit different as
the practice courts. It's not as worn out, as well.
Just wanted to get a feel for it as fast as I could and do the right
things and win the match as quickly as I could.
Q. Do you think all the attention to the fashion, is it more the
players that happen to be at the top now, that you're all sort of
fashion conscious and savvy, or is it more marketing by the tour? It's
really relatively new that we talk so much about what the people are
wearing, especially the women.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think it's that new. It's been around for a
Q. I'm saying in the last few years, though.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Okay, that's new?
I think it's great. I mean, look, tennis is not a sport where you
have to wear uniforms. It's an individual sport. If you have the
relationships with the brands, and I've been with Nike since I was very
young and we've gained the trust in each other, you know, where we can
go into a room and I can have a voice in what I like, what I don't like,
my inspirations, what I feel like wearing, the colors I feel like
wearing. It's a collaboration. It really is. If you can do that, why
I've loved fashion since I was very young. I've loved creating
things. I love materials. I loved working with thread and needles,
making things on my own. Having Nike behind that, to be able to produce
things like what I wore on court today, is incredible.
Q. Could you sew one yourself, do you think?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely not (smiling).
Q. What do you think of Nike? They really are a little bit of a
risk taker. They work with Federer, Serena. Have you been to their
campus in Oregon?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have. A few times.
Q. What are your thoughts about their people and their approach in
MARIA SHARAPOVA: What I love about them is they really think out of
the box. They're not one dimensional. You know, they love experimenting.
They love listening to what you feel comfortable with, what's going to
work for you. They care about the athlete. That's so important, because
they want you to go out and feel comfortable with what you're wearing.
I think, you know, we also have to realize that in this world tennis
is sort of small compared to soccer and compared to American football in
the States. So, uhm, you know, they realize, you know, maybe not as many
tennis dresses are going to be sold, but if we can create things that
are exciting, that are very well made...
Like I said, they go into factories in little towns in Italy and they
try to find the best material, the best buttons and everything in order
to create this one look.
It's great working with a company like that, that is able to you
know, that is able to put things on the line and is not afraid of taking
Q. On the flipside, have they ever brought in a concept where you
shook your head?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, numerous times, tons of times. We had a
meeting a couple months ago. Yeah, there are a lot of times where you
don't agree on things, but that's the fun thing of it. It's about
creating something special that both of you like.
Q. Are you going to carry the flag for Russia at the opening
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think so, no.
Q. Speaking of Russia, you were talking about the football team on
Saturday. They're through to the semifinals. How does that motivate you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It motivates me on a different level. I'm so proud
they got through that. You know, it was kind of nerve wracking when it
was tied five minutes left into the game. We really thought we had it.
You know, we're brave. We're strong. We work hard at what we do. Good
Q. Are Russians prouder now than a few years ago?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Prouder? We've always been proud. That's one thing
we don't lack.
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