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Top 10 Maria Sharapova put-downs and quotes

   

Top 10 Maria Sharapova quotes:

Talking to the media at the Australian Open one year: “Take your pencils down, take your grunt-o-meters down, the fashion police, put it all away and just watch the match.”

Her response to Gilles Simon after the Frenchman suggested at this year’s Wimbledon that women did not deserve equal pay at the grand slams: “I’m sure there are a few more people that watch my matches than his.”

On arriving in Florida from Siberia: “When I arrived in America I was young, but I already knew what I wanted. I think that when you start from nothing, when you come from nothing, it makes you hungry. I am proud of where I came from and I know what I want. I want to win.”

On learning English quickly: “I learnt English in one month. I told myself I should listen. In the next month I could talk to everyone.”

To the crowd at Roland Garros one year: “Allez up your f—— ass.”

Criticising her own performances: “Sometimes I feel my arm is like a swan’s neck – so weak.”

Her famous description of her movement on clay: “I was moving like a cow on ice out there.”

On her life away from tennis: “I’m just like every other girl who likes to shop, likes to look good, likes to spend time with friends.”

Her response to Agnieszka Radwanska, who criticised her grunting at this year’s Australian Open: “Isn’t she back in Poland already? When did she get the chance to say that?”

Her reaction to suggestions, early in her career, that she was the new Anna Kournikova: “I’m not the next anyone, I’m the first Maria Sharapova.”