Picking out our favourites from the Wimbledon press room transcripts on Thursday
On pre-match snoozes
“I felt I was just maybe a bit tired and I needed a quick nap just to recover from my early morning practice and everything I had to do to be ready to go on court. So it was just a quick nap of 15, 20 minutes, and go on court. But so far it's working extremely well, so I don't see why I should change that,” Marion Bartoli thinks nothing of catching forty winks before a big match.
On alternative sleeping quarters
“I'm never really sleeping on the floor. It's the lady members’ dressing room in Wimbledon, so you can have a sofa to sleep,” Marion Bartoli reveals where she laid her head prior to her match against Kirsten Flipkens.
On artistic license
“Spirit of love... it would be really something smiley and enjoyable because I'm really feeling great...Then the bright sun, smiley two weeks that I have had so far. It would probably be a mix of the two. It would be maybe a grey sky at some part, and then the sunshine is coming out,” keen painter Marion Bartoli explains how she might illustrate her incredible run at The Championships.
On shining performances
“I think the semi’s was the maximum I could go to this year. I mean, I had to play, I don't know, 500 per cent I think to beat Marion today. She was just too good,” Kirsten Flipkens praises French opponent Marion Bartoli who brushed her aside 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final.
On eccentric routines
“When I'm on the court, I'm in my zone, in my bubble. I'm doing what I feel I need to do to be ready the best that I can. There is nothing into my attitude to make my opponent scared or annoying her or disturbing her or whatever. I'm just trying, every time I'm on the court, to give my best,” Marion Bartoli sheds light on her quirky routines.
On moving stories
“Hermann Maier. You know, I read his book while I was injured... almost losing his leg and then to come back and be the world champion in his sport, I think was an unbelievable story. Also Drew Brees, an American football player, quarterback. Nobody believed he could come back after almost his shoulder - he has torn everything there was in the shoulder, and he still came back and was one of the best, so,” Sabine Lisicki reflects on the people who inspired her to get to where she is today.
On brotherly love
“I thought we did a great job of not saying too much at that moment. It would have been very easy to make a couple of snipey comments to each other, which could have kind of unravelled the vibe. We did a great job of collecting ourselves and not saying anything, which we tend to do in those moments. It's sometimes better not to talk. 'Cause as brothers and twins, you don't want to be coached by your sibling,” Bob Bryan talks about the moment they lost two match points before triumphing over Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in five sets to reach the men’s doubles final.
On her rapid exit from Centre Court
“Should I just be there and dance? What could I do?,” Agnieszka Radwanska explains why she didn’t hang about following her semi final loss to Sabine Lisicki.
20:24...But boy, it was a barrow-load of fun. I hope you enjoyed it even half as much as we did. Thank you for all your messages throughout, you've been the glue holding us together as the edges frayed amid the madness. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for us Brits to raise a toast to Andy Murray and Fred Perry. British sporting legends both.
20:19It was the wackiest of Wimbledons with the most unlikely of headline-makers: Sergiy Stakhovsky, Steve Darcis, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Kimiko-Date Krumm, Jerzy Janowicz, Sabine Lisicki, Marion Bartoli...View all