Maria Sharapova reflected on the concept of patience. The Russian player said: "Patience is not one of my best qualities, but I keep working on it. Tennis makes you keep working on it." On her current training regime, she added: "I think as opposed to the off-season to now, putting a lot more quantity and certain amount of serves that I hit in practice, that's for sure.
We are all very cautious, you know, always counting. I mean, we still count, but just relatively a little bit easier, different. It's not so structured. I feel a little bit more free with that." On the differences between facing Anett Kontaveit in Toronto and Alison Riske in Cincinnati, Sharapova added.
"Slightly different opponents, slightly different game plan, but thought I served -- I hit a few doubles today, but I thought I had a little bit of a better rhythm on my serve. I think the repetition that I'm putting in and feeling it, feeling a little bit better in terms of, like, just speed and the strength in my arm, I think that's a big part of -- you know, in general, the recovery from all that I have done with the shoulder is just to get that repetition and then really believe in my shoulder, you know, deep, an hour, two, an hour, three, if that's what it takes", concluded the 32-year-old who will try to win her second consecutive match for the first time since the Australian Open.