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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2006, 08:13 GMT
Aussie Open quotes
Maria Sharapova
Sharapova has come under fire for her grunting

"I know you are reporters and this is your job, but take your note pads, take your pencils down, take your grunt-o-meters down, the fashion police, put everything away and just watch the match."
Maria Sharapova tells the press exactly what's on her mind after her semi-final defeat.

"I ran like probably I never ran in the past on the tennis court."
An exhausted Justine Henin-Hardenne after her semi-final win over Sharapova.

"Everything is like the first time here for me. Getting to the quarters was a first time and the semis and now I hope it continues on Sunday night."
Surprise package Marcos Baghdatis as his dream run in Melbourne continues with a dramatic semi-final win.

"I had a lot of chances to win the match, so I can't understand how I missed that opportunity to win it."
David Nalbandian is left mystified by how he squandered a two-set lead against Baghdatis.

"I have to drink my fourth drink. I have three out there and I have to drink the fourth one."
Maria Sharapova explains that when her father Yuri held up four fingers during the match against Henin-Hardenne, he was absolutely not illegally coaching her.

"I have no idea who did that. I was just upset against the person who screamed because it's not fair to do that during a point."
Henin-Hardenne, when asked if it was Yuri who had shouted out as she was about to hit a shot.

"I'm not going to quit for nothing."
Kim Clijsters after a twisted ankle forced her to retire from her semi-final against Amelie Mauresmo.

"I think Justine is going to be the favourite. She's moving really well and she seems very confident out there. I'll put my money on her."
Clijsters tips fellow Belgian Henin-Hardenne to take the title.

"I can hardly remember I made the final here."
Mauresmo on her final appearance seven years ago in 1999.

News conference: Maria Sharapova

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