During Maria Sharapova's post-match interview, after her defeat of Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-1, she was interrupted twice with family calls on her cell phone. It's nice to see players laugh and smile and not take themselves too seriously, and you begin realize they actually have a life outside of tennis. She talked about her shoulder injury and the linking of her website with Kei Nishikori's to raise money for Japan. I asked her a question about her shoulder because I had heard reports that she still felt pain/numbness since her surgery, and I am still getting a kick out of my questions being on the interview transcript:
ME: Do you have any pain remaining in that shoulder or numbness at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. No, numbness anymore, no. It sometimes depends on the conditions. If it's cold and one day it's warm and all of a sudden it's cold, I just have to make sure I do an extra warmup. You know, sometimes if I play for seven, eight days in a row and don't have a break, it's you've got to take it easier a little bit than the other days. Just things like that. Nothing too overwhelming
Q. Your website is linked with Kei Nishikori's at the moment about the Japan charity. Can you talk about that a little bit or how you became involved or wanted to?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Well, it's obviously a huge tragedy around the world right now. Japan just is one of my favorite countries to visit. First time I went there I think was 13 or 14 years old playing a junior tournament, one of the outside cities. I've just had such memorable times there. To see the country struggle so much as it is now, I think everyone is trying to do as much as we can. Kei and I are trying to set something up for the tournament later in the year to help raise as much money as we can. Yeah, I just hope that, you know, with the radiation, that gets taken care of as soon as possible so it doesn't spread and cause it to last really long.
I can totally see why she can be intimidating on the court, because even in her interview, when you ask her a question, she makes SERIOUS eye-contact and even I was wiggling a bit in my seat. Here are some photos from her presser after the jump.....