I feel very much a part of the best players in the world.
I feel fresh after having such a frustrating feeling around the time of the French Open and Wimbledon.
I can't wait to get my form back to where it was in the first three months or so of the year, and I know I'm heading in the right direction.
I got through today and didn't lose for any other reason than being anxious and slightly nervous, and gripping my handle on my racket probably a little too tight.
So being a harsh critic I know what I need to work on between now and the Open. It's getting out there, hitting a lot of loose shots, a lot of loose forehands. And if I can do that I'm going to be looking good for the Open.
I'm here because I would like to give myself a good draw.
The timing couldn't have been worse, basically, ... I was playing the best tennis of my life. I was struck down with quite an unusual illness.
The reason I?m playing here is because I feel I would rather substitute matches for practice, ... I think it?s really important to be out there in match situations.
It was an opportunity to spend time with my family and live a normal life back in Australia, ... When you?re traveling a lot, you hope for some time off, but having that amount of time off from the game, you realize how much you miss it. I have to admit that.
It's easy to say there's always next week, but if you let those feelings drag you down and pre-occupy your mind, you can almost go mad.
When you get a lot of confidence, no matter where you are on the court, you feel like you can hit the ball as hard as you like and it's going to hit that line or hit that corner.
The more matches I can play the better. I can definitely get back.
I have high expectations. I'm not just out here to get back into it again. I want to win again.
I want to play more tennis. I want to win more tennis matches is the bottom line, so I'm more than happy to get on the road more.
I was going home after the US Open, but I changed my mind.
I didn't get any free points on my serve tonight, which I usually do. I could've been more aggressive and taken a few steps into the court, but I let her get into a rhythm too much and she was playing at the pace she likes. I'm glad that I was able to fight back a bit after 5-1 in the first, but I shouldn't have got into that position in the first place.
If I'd have lost that first set, I would probably have got pretty down on myself. I was very lucky to get out of that.
I came into this match with a lot of confidence and I expected to win.
I'm extremely disappointed, ... However I feel like my body isn't allowing me to play so I can't fight that. I hope to be back next year.
Maria played great, but I hung in there because I knew I'd get some opportunities.
I think I need a long period of time away, first of all to become healthy again, to get over my illness, and second of all to remain happy and to do things to occupy myself.
I think it's time to do something for myself for a change. I want to take a lot of stress out of my life.
I was overexcited to play the first match in so many months, ... I was probably gripping the racquet 10 times as hard.
(The tiebreaker) was anyone's to win, ... I chased the balls as hard as I could which forced her to hit winners. I was also moving well. The most important thing was I felt I lifted the level of play. I wasn't complacent after winning the tiebreak, I had to fight hard to win and take advantage of every opportunity.