Q. Started out, had an early break. You toughed it out. Getting yourself in sticky situations but finding your way out of them?
It was a little bit tough. But after, you know, I got my rhythm and found like what I wanted to do, it was easier.
Q. What were you most pleased with in your play today?
I stayed in the points, and I kind of just focused on the game plan that I had set, so that was good.
Q. I think it's the fifth slam in a row you made it to second week. Why? What's the key for you?
Q. Is there more motivation at the big tournaments? Seems like you focus better at the big tournaments.
Q. What's it like playing a player younger than you who is hungry and views you as a statement win.
Most of the time when I'm playing people they are much older than me, so it's kind of I know the situation she's in, and I'm in it still plenty of times. You have to go out and play and battle.
It is what it is.
Q. Do you enjoy the pressure that comes with when you're expected to win as opposed to being the player that no one knows?
You could be playing really bad; you could be playing really great. Everyone has to go out and play. You never know what can happen.
Q. Andy Murray was saying before the tournament pairing up with a legendary coach is a lot like dating a girl or something, like basically he's trying to impress that person for the first three months. Do you feel that way at all, like in terms of the pressure or anything with Paul or feeling like you need to impress him with the way you play or fight or practice or anything like that?
And like the first time we had lunch was like super intense and crazy, but I was like it was weird, because it was like an old guy. I was like, I have never seen this guy before. It was creepy.
But, no, I think it's better that I came in like open minded and like I just like I want to get better. I expressed to Paul everything that I, you know, felt and feel on the court and everything. I think he's very understanding of that.
We did our thing together. We did pretty good work over the offseason. I didn't feel like I had to impress him. I think he treated me like I was his child. It worked out good.
Q. What are those things that you told him you felt on the court?
He definitely helps me with that, and that's a good thing.
Q. As you probably know by now, you might face Azarenka in the next round. Can you just talk about your memories from that match last year? It was controversial not from your end, but talk about your memories of that match.
You know, I have done well here this week. I have been playing well. Just looking forward to it.
And last year has nothing to did with this year. It's a totally different year. A lot of things have happened.
So, you know, I'm just looking forward to getting back on the court.
Q. What do you have to do against her?
Q. Do you feel like you're mentally stronger now a year later?
Yeah, that's it.
Q. Do you think too much was made of all the medical timeout controversy and all that stuff from the match last year, or...
Like I said, it's a new match. I mean, it will be Monday hopefully on the big court. It will be exciting.
Q. There was a lot of focus on how that match ended in the semis, but also the beginning, I guess it was your first slam. You came off a big win against Serena, so people may be paying more attention. Are those things that you also think affected that match back then?
Looking back on it I don't think that affected anything too much, but I definitely now, if I was in the same position, which I am obviously not in the semis but I know what I have to do. I have to play my game and focus on myself and focus on what I do best.
Q. What have been the things that have really changed in the year's time between Sloane last year and you now? How are you different?
That's pretty much it. Just when you focus on yourself you can control a lot more things, and everything else is just kind of just whatever.
Q. You are in LA; Victoria has a place in LA now. You share the same agent. Have you ever interacted off court? Have you become besties? What's your relationship with her?
Q. So your off court relationship with her is like what?
Q. So you got through these first three rounds here when you are expected to win, and so you're going into a match where you'll be the underdog. Do you need go in that thinking, I can swing freer, I can take more chances? Is that a good place to be?
I need to focus on myself and do what I can do.
Q. At tournaments, especially at the slams, do you go on media lockdown? Do you not read anything that's being written, ignore the papers and ignore Twitter?
What's that called when you're on like a...
No, like a I will remember it later. Yeah, I just yeah, I don't really go on it. I Instagramed a picture with no caption. I was like... (Smiling).
Q. What did Dirk Nowitski write you?