Five minutes with American superstar Venus Williams:
Just a girl that works hard
What was your first thought when you saw the draw for the 1. round of fed cup. Or the opportunity to explore new countries?
I was happy about the draw. I wanted to come here. I like exploring new countries, especially the ones that most people donít know much about. Most Americans wouldnít visit Slovenia as tourists so this is very exciting for me. And exotic. Itís very nice here.
Little less than a week ago you lifted another trophy after more than 14 Ė month draught. Did you feel anything like when you first won a tournament?
I was very happy to have won again, especially since I have lost the first set to Conchita Martinez. Iím doing better day by day, thatís also my goal in my career, always up. Even though in Charleston it was very different than my first tournament win, when I was telling myself, ďoh god, this is my first finalĒ, I was well aware that I had many experience with such situations and I used that experience well.
Were you very disappointed when your return to tour didnít go as well as planned?
Even after my return in Australia I had problems with injuries, so it wasnít easy for me at all. I have to be always careful because of that, but thatís what sport is like.
Did you follow tennis while you were injured?
So so, not too much. I only concentrate on mine and Serenaís results and nothing else. I watched some matches on TV, because I enjoy it, but I didnít go to any tournaments.
What is your opinion on the Belgian players Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, that took the throne while you and your sister were away?
The thing they achieved is not only good for them but also for their country. One thing is most important: you donít reach the top if you donít deserve it. Work is hard, but they both endured it and got what they worked for in the end.
Will Williams sisters rule tennis again?
We are on the way towards it, but we have played only few tournaments this year so it wasnít possible so far. But we are working on it.
Your team colleague is Martina Navratilova, 47 years old. Can you see yourself in tennis at that age?
No, because my game will not be as good when Iím that old. Martina is unbelievable, very disciplined, trains hard and is still prepared well enough so she can compete. I wonít be in that kind of form at 47, because I donít have that kind of discipline and I will surely eat to much sweets. I canít now, but when I finish my career, I will eat many. All the time.
Are you now, when you are returning to tennis 100% focused on it or do you have time for hobbies?
I am always totally committed to tennis, but I canít focus only on it, I have to distribute my energy. I have to be in motion all the time, perform many different tasks, otherwise I would be bored. I have enough time for it because I canít be still for even a moment.
You are one of the most influential, successful and wealthy female athletes or women in the world. How do you feel with all the superlatives?
As a girl that works hard. No differently. I donít know why, thatís just the way it is. Every moment when I wake up itís the same thing Ė hard practice. But itís my job.
Your next goal is probably 1. place of the world rankings where you once were?
Sure. My first goal is always to win the next match awaiting me. I wonít get to the top of WTA rankings tomorrow or next week, it will take me some tournaments.