In a conference call ahead of the exhibition match with Cagla Buyukackay in Istanbul, Maria Sharapova met the press to speak about several interesting things.
About her relationship with media, the former world no. 1 said: 'It seems that with age I became more open. Now it's easier for me to share my stories and details of my life with fans. I want to share my emotions in the tough moments and winning ones. I grew up in front of many journalists, but I still feel young and I think that I will have many years ahead, so you will still have the opportunity to make me questions.'
On the criticism she faced: 'I think my missions and goals are much more important than somebody's opinion. What I do on court is more important than speaking.'
On her father Yuri's importance: 'I spoke about him a lot in my book. Without him, I don't think I would have had such s career. I think he always acted in my interests. He never told me that I had to become a champion. Also, I am the only daughter in my family, so my family took care of me.'