Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka sat down to have their 2013 Brisbane International pre-tournament press conferences. As the top 2 seeds in the tournament, they received byes into the 2nd round. Vika will open up against Sabine Lisicki while Masha will face Jarmila Gajdosova. Interestingly, hearing Masha talk about not really getting a chance to reflect on winning Roland Garros and her career Grand Slam until the off-season because of so many tournament quickly back to back is a bit of an indictment in my eyes of the brutal tennis schedule. Great for us fans because we want to see our favorites as much as possible. But also not great, because we also want to see them healthy and playing at or near their best.
Vika talks about the responsibility of a defending champion at the Australian Open. She realizes she has the deal with the business side of tennis as well as playing. Of course, Serena Williams name was brought up. I hope Vika keeps in mind that she was serving for the match at the 2012 US Open. She had a chance. She is getting closer to Serena. But in the end, she should just keep her focus on winning titles, not trying to focus on one other opponent, as she says in the video.
Here are some photos of Masha from MLC Tennis Hot Shots with the kids. Also, a few pics of Sharapova during a practice session. And a few more pics of Vika as well.
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