Maria Sharapova couldn’t put together back-to-back tournament wins when she came to Rome.
Ana Ivanovic progressed from their third-round tie 6-1 6-4 with Sharapova.
And Sharapova admitted she was beaten by the better player. Here’s what she had to say after the game.
Maybe it was too tough after Madrid or was she just too good?
No I don’t use Madrid like an excuse. I had a great two weeks, I came here to play a tournament. My energy level today maybe was not the best, but Ana played a really great match, she came out with winners from all over the court and she was the better player, that’s it. She was more aggressive than me, she wasn’t making a lot of mistakes. I felt that when I had a good shot I didn’t do much on the next one. I had opportunities but I didn’t follow through, and hesitated a little bit. She played a great match, if I was a little quicker, more alert, maybe one break point in the last game, maybe the things would have change around. But this can’t take anything away from the last two weeks and I’m quite excited for the week coming up for the Grand Slams.
How do you spend the next 10 days before going to Paris?
I am going to try to recover the next two or three days, settle down in Paris and get my body ready for a week of training. I’ll have a week of training and I think it’ll be very important.
What are you looking forward to now a mental break or a physical break?
A little bit of both. It’s been such routine in the last few weeks, just matches and training without a day off in while. That’ll be nice to have one or two….but overall, it’s a combination. You’re used to do very similar things and mentally you don’t give yourself a break and when you go on court you can feel fresh.