(August 23, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – No. 5 Maria Sharapova admits she likes a hard court that is faster and coming into this year’s US Open, she’ll be getting her wish.
“I think a faster court can have a higher bounce or a slower court can have a lower bounce. It always depends on the place and the weather. I don’t think I have ever really had a preference on hard court. I actually like when the court is a bit faster.”
“I think if there is a time to bring the game that I want to, it’s definitely now for the next few weeks,” she said. “I wasn’t happy with the way I started the hard court season. As the weeks progress, I’m certainly feeling better. It was great to have this week of practice here. You know, the courts are a little bit faster again, so it was good to come here a little bit early and to get that time on the courts. But overall, yeah, I think little by little things will shape into place.”
2006 US Open winner Sharapova will take on fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko in the opening round.
She hasn’t played in a while,” Sharapova said of her opening encounter. “That’s what I know. But I also know we have had a lot of tough matches in the past. She’s a very dangerous opponent, someone that’s capable of playing really great tennis. She’s beaten me before in her career. Yeah, I’ll definitely have to be ready.”
“She makes you hit a lot of balls,” the Russian added. “She’s a great mover on the court. She uses a bit of variety, as well, in her game. But I guess we’ll see on Monday.”
Kare Pestaina for Tennis Panorama