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Aussie Open quotes of the day

Venus Williams
Williams is known for her eye-catching outfits

"The outfit is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. It's kind of about a surprise, because when Alice goes down the rabbit hole, she finds all these things that are so surprising. This outfit is about having a surprise in a tennis dress, and showing some skin and then just having a print. Prints don't happen that often in tennis. So it's called the Wonderland dress."
Venus Williams on her Australian Open outfit

"It was not quite like a holiday. It's not like I took time off and I went to Australia to see penguins."
Svetlana Kuznetsova explains her decision to take a break at the start of the year.

"Definitely in the position I am now. There's no doubt about it. If you ask any player if they would rather be number one in the world or number 50 in the world and coming up, I think everyone would pick number one."
World number one Caroline Wozniacki is asked what it's like to be world number one. From the world number one's perspective.

"I'm very happy. I gave it everything. I managed to win a round. Okay, I faced Justine. But it was a wonderful experience to play a legend, and I gave it my all. I can't complain about my week. It's been wonderful."
Elena Baltacha looks on the bright side after giving it her all against Justine Henin.

"Don't push the brake, keep pushing the gas."
Fernando Verdasco describes his strategy as he fought back from two sets down to beat Janko Tipsarevic.

"I was asleep towards the front end of the third set. I watched a little bit of a rerun this morning before the tennis went live. It's what you expect of those guys."
Andy Roddick on the gripping Hewitt v Nalbandian encounter.

"No, no, no! Zero percent. If my ranking is high enough to play in the Grand Slams I'll be back next year. I'll just have to check with my husband first. We only spent about a month together in total last year."
Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm will play on at the age of 41 in 2012, husband permitting.

"In the third set she didn't make many mistakes. I just tried to do a bit too much, and found myself just making too many errors. I can't afford to do that against players who are higher ranked than me. It's something to work on."
British number two Anne Keothavong after losing out to 30th seed Andrea Petkovic

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