This Week In Tennis
Q. Is it fair to say you won that title without playing your best tennis?
SIMONA HALEP: Actually it was not my best tennis because I couldn't play my best tennis. She was hitting very strong. As anyone knows, I cannot hit stronger than her because she's very strong and it's impossible for my height and for my body.
I try just to put the ball away from her, just to make her run. I think I did it pretty well, and she missed. It was really tough for me to make winners today because her ball was coming too hard.
I'm tired (smiling).
Q. Congratulations for a great tournament. It seems to me that from beginning of the week you slowly built up and getting better and better. Today was just, particularly toward the end of first set, you were just hitting the ball with great authority. Are you satisfied with where you are now before you go to Olympics?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, yeah. Today, yeah, I think he stepped it up. He raise his level I think a lot from these couple days, couple days ago.
He played really deep, and he didn't give me any, like, free points. Especially he was serving really well, so I didn't have many, you know, chance for my return game. So I was really feeling the pressure every game.
Maybe second set maybe I had some chance, but there was too many unforced errors from me. Well, also he was playing good, but I couldn't play good tennis today.
Q. You had Stanford last week, this week Montréal, then off to Rio. The grind of the tour, going week to week, tournament to tournament, how has it changed throughout your career?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It's been intense. Usually I don't play this much back-to-back. But I knew what I was going to do going into the year, what it was going to take. I still wanted to play the US Open Series as well as the Olympics. I'm not playing any more of the US Open Series after this, so I realize I got to get it in right here.
I never sign up for anything that I don't think I can achieve. I like to be honest. If I sign up for a tournament, I want to show up. If I don't, you know I just really couldn't be there.
Q. You come into the tournament, lost to Querrey at Wimbledon, a few weeks off, little bit not so good at beginning of the tournament. How would you explain the evolution of playing so well from the beginning of the tournament to the end of the tournament?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it's a process like any other that has happened many times in my career where I would start a tournament still feeling a little bit uncomfortable on the court and finding my rhythm, and then in the end of the tournament, as the tournament goes on, I find that proper comfort level with shots, with the way I feel, with mental attitude. And the two best performances have arrived in semifinals and finals at the right moment for me.
So that gives me a lot of confidence that I will try to carry into Rio. Everything in life happens for a reason, so, you know, the fact that I have lost in the first week of Wimbledon allowed me to have a week more of the time with my family and just the quality time off the tennis, thinking about other things, recharging my batteries, and then coming in here with plenty of motivation to do well.
So I couldn't ask for a better start of the hard court season, and hopefully I can keep going in the right direction.
Q. On the Olympics, are you going down there with the mindset of medal, medal, medal, or with the mindset of this is the Olympics, I want to enjoy the experience? Lindsay said in the past people just go and have fun at the Olympics. How do you see it?
MADISON KEYS: It's funny, Lindsay actually called me before. She said, You're going to go. You're going to the open ceremonies. You're going to go to the village. You're going to experience the Olympics.
I'm really excited to do that. But she also said, If you're in a position where you could potentially win a medal, that's when you stop going to the village and you don't go to the other sports (smiling).
It's a combination of both. It's enjoying it, but it's also knowing when to enjoy it and when to be focused.
- WTA: Halep (+2 to #3), Keys (+3 to #9), Suarez Navarro (-3 to #12), Kasatkina (+6 to #27), Bouchard (+3 to #39), Zhang (+8 to #51), Sevastova (-7 to #55), Flipkens (-8 to #62), Wang (+10 to #66), Giorgi (+9 to #68), Kucova (+44 to #77), Hibino (-9 to #84), Gasparyan (-33 to #89)
- ATP: Wawrinka (+1 to #4), Nadal (-1 to #5), Monfils (+3 to #11), Pouille (-4 to #27), Anderson (+6 to #28), Dimitrov (+6 to #34), Fognini (-8 to #41), Young (+4 to #53), Youzhny (+4 to #57), Haase (+14 to #62), Kukushkin (-9 to #68), Seppi (-23 to #74), Bedene (-16 to #85), Shapovalov (+79 to #291)
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