Best WTA quotes from the 2017 U.S. Open

Karolina Pliskova, on picking Simona Halep to beat Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final: “Most of the time I’m bad at betting. I will stay with Simona still again (to beat Maria Sharapova), even if she lost my bet in the French Open.”

Johanna Konta, on losing early at the U.S. Open: “Well, I guess I got some practice in at French Open.”

Caroline Wozniacki, on first-round opponent Mihaela Buzarnescu: “Until yesterday I thought she was a righty. Then I realized she was a lefty.”

Halep, on Sharapova taking a break after Halep won the second set: “Like always. She does that all the time. It’s her style.”

Madison Keys, after being told that second-round opponent Ashley Kratzer won a title in San Diego: “Don’t know who she is. Still don’t know who she is.”

Svetlana Kuznetsova, after beating Marketa Vondrousova in the first round: “Definitely I saw her cramping in the end. I thought she’s 18 and I’m 32. I was sore a little bit, but not that much.”

Coco Vandeweghe, on Sharapova getting a wild card: “I can’t say I agree. I wish it was an American instead, selfishly, because it is a USA tournament.”

Naomi Osaka, on where her mind wanders: “Oh, God. Well, you know, once I was practicing, and my whole practice…you know, there is that commercial that says, ‘If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma,’ that’s all I could think about for the whole practice. I was, like, ‘why do I keep thinking this?’ Then during the breaks, all I could see was like that commercial where this woman was running in a field. I mean, it was a good practice. It’s just my mind wasn’t there. Like, I think it was just muscle memory and stuff. That was a weird day.”

Shelby Rogers, on tearing up after winning the longest women’s match in U.S. Open history against Daria Gavrilova :”I guess everybody knows I’m a very emotional person. Yes, I’m a hugger. Two, I cry a lot. I just cry. That’s what I do.”

Vandeweghe, on how she remained steady against the unorthodox Ons Jabeur: “I play tennis. That’s how you stay steady is you play tennis.”

Garbine Muguruza, after being told Serena Williams had a baby girl: “Baby girl? Well, I hope she doesn’t play tennis.”

Venus Williams, when asked if she uses emojis while texting with Serena: “We actually use the English language.”

Wozniacki, after playing on Court 5: “When you look at center court, I understand completely the business side of things and everything, but someone who comes back from a drug sentence, and performance-enhancing drugs, and then all of the sudden gets to play every single match on center court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do.”

Sharapova, after being told that Wozniacki–who lost on Court 5–was upset that Sharapova kept playing on Arthur Ashe: “All that matters to me is I’m in the fourth round. Yeah, I’m not sure where she is.”

Pliskova, after saving a match point to beat Shuai Zhang: “Maybe next time I should play a little bit better earlier and not the last game.”

Reporter, to Osaka after Osaka lost to Kaia Kanepi: “Why did you win today?”

Ostapenko, after losing to Daria Kasatkina: “I actually don’t know her. We just play the same tournaments from like the age of 10, 12. I saw her many times, but I don’t know her.”

Jennifer Brady, after falling during her match against Monica Niculescu and remaining on the ground: “‘I don’t want to get up.’ It didn’t occur to me that I was on the ground. I was just, like, ‘oh, I don’t want to get up and play right now. I like it down here on the ground.'”

Elina Svitolina, on what she bought when she went shopping: “It’s a bit personal.”

Sloane Stephens, on what she appreciates most now that she is back from injury: “God, these are…like…hard questions.”

Anastasija Sevastova, on why Latvia is having success in tennis: “Because we have no funding or no money. Maybe that’s why.”

Sevastova, on the status of her celebrity in Latvia after reaching the quarterfinals, having previously said she was a C-minus: “I’m still C-minus.”

Sevastova, on her relationship with fellow Latvian Ostapenko: “I’m saying hi to her sometimes. Sometimes she replies; sometimes not.”

Sharapova, on how she feels after playing four matches: “I’m not going to be in an MRI machine tomorrow. I think that’s a pretty big positive.”

Venus, on being the only player left in the draw to have already won a U.S. Open title: “They’re not going to give you any matches. In the case if they do, I will accept it…. I’m accepting all major credit cards and unforced errors.”

Petra Kivitova, after beating Muguruza: “I’m sorry I’m not sorry I beat her.”

Kvitova, on the top players getting up for matches against each other: “We have hormones.”

Pliskova, after beating Brady 6-1, 6-0: “The opponent was not the best today.”

Pliskova, on Vandeweghe’s game: “Even if she just miss like five meters out, she doesn’t care. It’s not my game style.”

Vandeweghe, on the future of American tennis: “Unfortunately, I’m not a mind-reader.”

Vandeweghe, on the tournament being more open with Serena not playing: “Well, I don’t think Serena is invincible.”

Kanepi, on what it means to be in the quarterfinals: “Amazed that I’m that good.”

Keys, on playing all of her matches at night: “Now I’m afraid to play in the sun because I haven’t done it in two weeks.”

Sevastova, on if she was nervous during her quarterfinal match against Stephens: “In the beginning, (I was) a bit nervous. I’m not a robot.”

Keys, on the recent wrist injuries in tennis: “I feel like wrist surgery is all the rage right now. I feel like everyone is getting it done.”

Venus, on her future after losing in the semifinals: “I will continue to play tennis.”

Stephens, after being told that the press won’t see her on the day in between the semis and final: “That’s a good thing, as much as I love you guys.”

Keys, on playing better in her second Grand Slam semifinal: “Well, the biggest difference was I wasn’t playing Serena this time.”

Martina Hingis, after doubles partner Yung-Jan Chan answered a question in Chinese: “I agree.”

Keys, on what she would have done differently in the final: “Win some more games.”

Keys, on joining Stephens’ victory celebration: “I would 1000% go. She can buy me drinks; all of the drinks….  I think drinks will help me through this tough time.”

Stephens, on boyfriend Jozy Altidore scoring twice in his team’s Major League Soccer game on the same day she won the U.S. Open: “I’m happy that he scored two goals. That’s really good. He should have got a hat trick. It would have been such a good day.”

Stephens, after being told she made only six unforced errors in the final: “Shut the front door.”

Stephens, on if this will drive her to win another major title: “Did you see that check that lady handed me? Like, yes. Man, if that doesn’t make you want to play tennis, I don’t know what will. Man.”

11 Comments on Best WTA quotes from the 2017 U.S. Open

    • Did Keys really join Stephens’ victory party? If she did – brave girl, and how many free drinks did she score? Hopefully more than her final game haul. 😉

  1. 1) Stephens, on if this will drive her to win another major title: “Did you see that check that lady handed me? Like, yes. Man, if that doesn’t make you want to play tennis, I don’t know what will. Man.”

    2) Martina Hingis, after doubles partner Yung-Jan Chan answered a question in Chinese: “I agree.”

    3) Sharapova, after being told that Wozniacki–who lost on Court 5–was upset that Sharapova kept playing on Arthur Ashe: “All that matters to me is I’m in the fourth round. Yeah, I’m not sure where she is.” lol!!!

    4) Elina Svitolina, on what she bought when she went shopping: “It’s a bit personal.” lol!!!!!

    5) Stephens, after being told she made only six unforced errors in the final: “Shut the front door.”

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