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Quotes of the first week at Wimbledon

Serena Williams smiles during her news conference
by Helen Gilbert
Sunday 30 June 2013

Alarming exits, boy bands, quirky hobbies and favourite eateries were among the topics discussed by players this week. Wimbledon.com rounds up the finest quotes of the first week. 

On dietary delights…
“I like Chinese tea. Sometimes Japanese tea. I drink a lot. I have a tea pot (opening bag and pulling out her tea pot). So always...I carry,”
Kimiko Date-Krumm, who at 42, became the oldest woman to advance to the third round of The Championships in the Open Era, revealed she carries a teapot in her handbag.

 “I want to go to Rajdoot before it closes.  We need to speed this up...normally I get the chicken tikka masala, but the last two nights I've got the chicken korma.  It's like spicy.  It's been really good.  You guys got to go.  It's tasty.  I go there every night.”
Sloane Stephens talks up British curry houses.  

On other players...
 “I don't get a handout just because I've had five surgeries in my career.  It's not like that.  You have to earn everything, you know.  You can't buy ATP points to buy your ranking.  It's not possible; otherwise Gulbis would be No. 1 in the world,”
Tommy Haas makes reference to Gulbis’ seemingly wealthy background.

“He's probably one of the top three people I definitely don't want to play.  But, yeah, maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown.  That would be fine.  I get alleys.  He gets no serves.  I get alleys on my serves, too…”
Serena Williams considers a potential on court encounter with Andy Murray.

“I think she'd chop me up (smiling). I enjoyed watching her play because of her game, her composure, the way she carried herself.  Yeah, there are just so many positives about her,”
Maria Sharapova cites Steffi Graf as the star she would most like to play from the past.

It's incredibly disappointing… it's like a little cloud. I feel every time I walk into the home I'm like a little sad. Like I look in her room, she always had music in the morning, we kind of always dance in the morning. She's definitely really missed,”
Serena Williams struggles with sister Venus’s absence from the tournament.

On shock exits
“I still have plans to play for many more years to come. It's normal that after all of a sudden losing early after being in the quarters 36 times, people feel it's different.”
Roger Federer responds to fans who described his 6-7 (5),7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5)defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky as the ‘end of an era’.

 “I've handled a lot of things off the court in my career.  I'm a four time Grand Slam champion.  I've been No. 1 in the world.  I don't know if you can call those things a distraction.”
Maria Sharapova, when asked if her recent spat with Serena Williams and her Sugarpova sweet brand were in some way to blame for her 6-3, 6-4 second round defeat to Michelle Larcher De Brito

“It is not a dramatic thing.  That's the sport.  That's the game at the end. Two weeks ago I was in a fantastic situation, winning a fantastic tournament.  Two weeks later I lost here in the first round… this is a sport of victories.  It's not a sport of [loss]. Nobody remember the losses.”
Rafael Nadal is frank following his opening round 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 loss to Steve Darcis.

On unusual hobbies
“When I was young I did a lot of work [with] the sharks.  So I [learn] a lot [about] them.  But I never swim with them, in the cage…Maybe someday,”
Steve Darcis talks about his passion for marine life.

On the grass…
“The biggest problem… is I don't have a chance to practice on grass because we don't have any grass courts in Poland,”
Jerzy Janowicz shares his thoughts on the traditional surface.  

On boy band mayhem
“I actually got an email from Twitter saying, He's [Harry Styles] followed you and messaged you.  I guess if you're that big‑time, then Twitter gets involved. But I looked in my replies and it was just like thousands of these messages, saying, ‘who is she’. I was like wetting myself because it was so funny,”
Laura Robson on her new found fame. 

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