Q. You really did look like a swan in that dress.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Thank you. I'm glad you got the point. I hope everyone else did (laughter).
Q. Do you identify with swans in some way?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: In what way?
Q. You made a point of it being a sort of a swan inspired dress.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It is, yeah.
Q. Do you feel some sort of kinship with the bird?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think that was the initial inspiration with the dress. Originally it didn't have as many pleats in the back. I wanted there to be more of a pleat effect in the back, and I think the end result made it look more like a swan. Even on a hanger, it doesn't look as swan-ish as it does on me (laughter).
I don't know. I just put reference to it because a swan is usually white, right, unless it's weird.
Q. They are a protected bird here.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Was that really necessary (laughter)?
Q. Do you think they have a hawk here?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A hawk? It's a swan.
Q. They have a real hawk patrolling the grounds every day at 9:00.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Does the hawk usually bite the swan? I don't know, does it? Jesus, I might have to cut those pleats away.