Reflecting upon her Olympic final defeat against Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova stated that she is happy to have won a silver medal
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Maria Sharapova suffered a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing in Saturday’s Olympic singles final against Serena Williams, but appears to be fairly content about how the tournament panned out for her. The Russian had been expected to put up more of a fight on centre court but found herself helpless to resist a relentless barrage from the five-time Wimbledon champion.
“It means a lot. This is my first Olympic experience,” remarked Sharapova. “This is probably one of the toughest events, playing six matches in the span of eight days against tough competition. It's such a unique experience for all of us. For me to be a first Olympian and to leave with a silver is an amazing accomplishment.”
“Obviously it's always disappointing to lose in the finals, but it's great to get a medal, that's for sure,” she added.
Although Sharapova wasn’t entirely pleased with her performance, she didn’t hesitate to praise Serena for her incredible display of attacking tennis. “Look, she's playing incredibly confident tennis. After winning Wimbledon, you've seen her level progress so much over this tournament. With every match she's played, she's playing better, hitting harder, so much power on the ball.”
“She wasn't making many mistakes, not giving me many opportunities. She served extremely well and returned well. She was just too quick and too powerful today.”
“Obviously there's things that I could have done different,” continued the Russian. “There are always things that you feel like you can do better.”
“If I sat here and said there's nothing that I could do better, that wouldn't be so motivating to go back on the court and keep working. So absolutely there are things here and there that I, for sure, could have done better.”