Sharapova on how she nervously approached Rafael Nadal to train with her

Ruben Hill
May 17, 2018

"The competitiveness and against a player that I thought competed and played really well and played some of her best tennis for a long stretch of time".

You're just asking him to hit a couple of balls with you.

"I saw he was practicing on the court right before me, and I said to my team, 'Wouldn't it be incredible if I just came up to Rafa and said, 'Would you hit a couple balls with me?'", Sharapova told the press, as quoted by WTA Tennis.

"And they're like, yeah, what's wrong with that?"

"I think that was a really good compliment, in a sense". There's a lot of things wrong with just coming up to Rafa. I was just slow and not with it, really, not seeing the ball well, not adjusting, not making any little adjustment steps, hitting a lot of errors. Actually, that's what they said, 'It's not like you're asking him to go on a date.

Sharapova, who made her first major quarter-final since returning from a drugs ban at the Madrid Open last week, came through 7-5 3-6 6-2 against 16th-seeded Barty on the Next Gen Arena.

In the next game, the former first racket of the world will meet with Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

"It's brought me a lot of great matches and a lot of match play toward the Grand Slam that we all look forward to playing".

"I played defense quite a while, and I thought my level was extremely high throughout the match. So, it is an important one", said two-time French Open victor Sharapova who reached the quarter-finals in Madrid last week.

The match lasted 153 minutes.

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