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US Open quotes - day four

Dinara Safina
Safina has lost in the French and Australian Open finals this year

"There are so many players who won a Grand Slam and where they are now? Nowhere. Some of the players you don't even know that they won a Grand Glam. You look and say like, 'Oh, my gosh, she won?' But number one will always stay there."
Dinara Safina puts up the barricades as she is once again asked to justify her number one ranking

"I was watching her game, waiting for my match. I said, 'Thanks, you inspire me. We are good girls today.'"
Yaroslava Shvedova says her win over Jelena Jankovic was inspired by Melanie Oudin's earlier defeat of Elena Dementieva

"The first thing is that she proved that you don't have to be six foot something to be number one in the world."
American teenager Oudin pays tribute to former world number one Justine Henin

"Maybe I overplayed a bit in the summer but I think she played really well. She was very positive and going for the shots, going for the winners."
Dementieva is gracious in defeat

"You do sense it. I saw some of the tough matches. You don't want to be that person."
Maria Sharapova admits that seeing some big names fall before her match gave her extra focus

"Or lack thereof?"
After years of struggling and then losing his sponsor earlier this year, 26-year-old American qualifier Jesse Witten is asked about his financial situation

"There's something going round our fantasy football league - it's called 'Rossing', which means to copy other players' teams to gain an advantage."
Andy Murray drops his mate Ross Hutchins right in it

"It's actually 'Andying' which has been going on, which is taking a computer from my room to his, copying my team down and that's the reason he's two points behind with basically the same team. But always just behind me."
Ross Hutchins is not about to be bullied

"I didn't convert my break balls that great. I had over 15 break balls and I didn't use that many. So that's something that was a little bit frustrating."
Novak Djokovic has just one complaint after his win over Carsten Balls

"Deep down I'm really happy. On the other hand, I like winning and I hate losing just like many others out here. Doesn't maybe always look that way on the court."
Tommy Haas is becoming more philosophical in his old age



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see also
US Open quotes - day three
03 Sep 09 |  Tennis
US Open quotes - day two
02 Sep 09 |  Tennis
US Open quotes - day one
01 Sep 09 |  Tennis
Order of play
23 May 09 |  Tennis
Men's singles draw
26 Aug 11 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
28 Jan 10 |  Tennis


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