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US Open quotes - day eight

Kateryna Bondarenko
A salute for sister Alona?

"Just because all of this is happening, it's not like I'm going to change the person I am. I just love to play tennis and I'm doing well and I'm winning. That's the only thing that's changing."
American teenager Melanie Oudin on her new-found fame following victory over Nadia Petrova.

"Now she gets hopefully a short and a little chubby Russian. See how she's going to handle that."
After beating four tall Russians in Pavlyuchenkova, Dementieva, Sharapova and Petrova, Oudin could next face Svetlana Kuznetsova - as Petrova tactfully points out.

"I think this is very exciting and very much needed on the women's side. I thought she's done very well."
Roger Federer joins the Oudin fan club. Sort of.

"I just got some messages to get revenge for my sister, so I started to think about it when I read the messages."
Kateryna Bondarenko after 'avenging' her sister Alona's second-round defeat to Gisela Dulko with a 6-0 6-0 win over the Argentine.

"She kissed me five times. I think she is very happy."
Kateryna on her sister's reaction to the victory.


"I don't think she did anything too well. I just did unforced errors all the time. You don't have to do much. You just have to put the ball back. I was creating the point or I was losing it. This was it."
Kuznetsova is not exactly overflowing with praise for Caroline Wozniacki.

"I really think it's so nice. It's really feminine. It's really comfortable to play in, as well. I feel a little bit like a ballerina. It feels really nice."
Wozniacki is more than happy with her Stella McCartney outfit.

"I've never been to Asia ever, so I'm going to have three weeks over there. It's going to be different. I like staying at home and watching football. But I've got to be over there and not watching football. It's going to stink."
American John Isner is relishing the prospect of the Asian indoor season.

"He says the same things that all my other coaches have done in the past - but I tend to listen to him a bit more than the other coaches I had."
French Open finalist Robin Soderling on coach and former player Magnus Norman.

"He's got a big game and we had the final of the French Open - one of the most important matches of my career - so it's nice to play him again."
Federer, who, understandably, is happy to play the man he beat in three sets at Roland Garros

"He always believed in me and supported me. He didn't leave everything because he expected me to be a champion. He just left everything to make me happy. That's a whole lot of difference."
Belgian 19-year-old Yanina Wickmayer on how, aged nine, she persuaded her father to sell up and move to the USA following the loss of her mother to cancer.

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US Open quotes - day seven
07 Sep 09 |  Tennis
US Open quotes - day six
06 Sep 09 |  Tennis
US Open quotes - day five
05 Sep 09 |  Tennis
US Open quotes - day four
04 Sep 09 |  Tennis
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
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