Q. I remember you talking about Australia, about the last time you had played Maria, which was Australian Open. That was one of the matches when you knew maybe you don't have the motivation to continue anymore. So can you talk about your form now and how you're feeling now versus that time?
JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, it seems so far away. I mean, even seems like it never existed, that moment.
Q. Justine said that the match you played in Australia seems very distant to her, very far away. Obviously she retired and came back since then. A lot has happened to you, as well. You've had some involuntary time off. Does it also seem distant to you, that whole Australian Open run?MARIA SHARAPOVA: Actually feels like we never left, or it was just yesterday. (laughter.)
This is easily THE match of the tournament for me. It's the one that I wanted to see the minute I saw the draw. I'm fairly sure that Justine will take it straight sets but no one brings out the competitive intensity out of Maria like Justine. They both want to make a statement here.
The pressure is all on Justine here so you know Masha will come out and swing freely and swing big and look to crush Justine's serve. Justine, if she's smart, will play the angles and yank Masha around like a yo-yo. If she's stupid then she'll try and outhit Masha, just like she tried to outhit Serena in Australia. I think this match will be a really good barometer as to whether Justine intends to play her classic clay-court game here at RG, or whether she plans to be Kamikaze JuJu, aka, Justine 2.0.
Bring it, Short Round.