In press conference at the Australian Open Maria Sharapova commented on how it feels to be surrounded by cameras almost all the time in tournaments. The five-time Grand Slam winner said: "I think we have known that, because that's been the way that – we have had a lot of cameras here for the last couple of years, warmup areas.
They're not in the locker room, not that I know of (smiling). Safe there." Sharapova also spoke about Ashleigh Barty's improvements: "I have played against her probably in Rome, six, seven months ago. Different player playing against her in Australia than it is, you know, in Rome first round.
Yeah, I think she's much more, felt like she was much more comfortable on the hard courts and she's also had a great few weeks. She's playing like it, as well, yeah." Sharapova also commented on why she dropped her level between the second and third set: "I think a little bit of focus.
You know, 30-all in the first game, first game second set, just didn't take care of business. Yeah, I think I took a few steps back. I let her control the points a little bit. Got into longer rallies, which I think off the backhand she had a great slice out there today.
That stayed quite low in the conditions. And I didn't do enough with that ball. I usually like that ball." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title