I used to play well until a certain point, and then just, well, didn't take my chances at all. Now this year with all the experience of the tough matches and all these close key moments that I went through, I'm just calmer. I know what to do in the important moments. Not always. Still happens to me, but I think that happens to everybody. I just have more margin in my game. I play a little bit more spin and I play a little bit safer so then when you get nervous it doesn't affect your game that much.
Against Scheepers Saturday, Schiavone almost lost the match, but she never lost hope.
I think I played really well [in the first set]. I probably should have kept doing those things. If I was in a zone, it didn't last long.
Now, we all know Caroline also had trouble even reaching finals. What are your thoughts about that frame of mind, that it's not a real number 1?
I don't think as a player you should worry about what people say. You know, you're out there competing your hardest and your best. I mean, I can't comment on her, what she feels. I don't think you should worry about what people say.
With all due respect, I was asking you what your thoughts were on that mindset.
Well, I don't care what people say about me, so why should I care what people say about her?
What is the best advice you get from your mysterious new coach?
Move your feet.
You seem to specialize in playing long matches.
No, you say that, not me.
The groundstrokes for Azarenka are the same as Serena's--if you take away the problem of the serve and the returns.
I think I am one of the fittest players on tour. I work really hard and I practice a lot. If I know that I'm tired, I know that the other one is probably almost dying.