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Venus Williams Interview: May 9th(Finals)
Berlin, 09 May 2004
Interview with VENUS WILLIAMS
Q: Commiserations on what’s happened. Maybe it’s fair to say that you knew yesterday that you could not play?
WILLIAMS: I can’t say I was expecting this, but it didn’t look good.
Q: When did you know exactly?
WILLIAMS: I guess this morning or really late in the evening, I knew that I couldn’t do anything.
Q: Have the doctor’s given you any indication on when you can play again=
WILLIAMS: I don’t know. I’ll try as soon as possible.
Q: Yes, but what did the doctor say?
WILLIAMS: I have to keep weight off my leg.
Q: And what did they say on when you can play again?
WILLIAMS: I am ready today, but then I am very ambitious.
Q: Is it just the ankle or the ankle and the hip?
WILLIAMS: Just the ankle.
Q: What exactly happened to it?
WILLIAMS: Obviously I twisted it yesterday. There’s a lot of swelling. I am waiting for the test to see exactly what it is? But I am very optimistic it is only strained and nothing worse.
Q: Are you afraid for Paris?
WILLIAMS: No, I’m not afraid yet.
Q: What are your plans now?
WILLIAMS: I will go home. It was my plan to go home after this tournament, so I’ll just go home.
Q: So the French Open will be next?
Q: I think most people can sympathize with your predicament: You have been ill, came back, now your injured again. Could you value now whether it was the right decision to come back?
WILLIAMS: I mean I was fine until that happened. If I hadn’t twisted my ankle … I had an issue with my hip, but I could have rested it and be pretty much in control. The four weeks did me good. The three sets yesterday compared to the three sets in Warsaw, I was much more in control. So, I don’t regret anything.
Q: Are you pleased to have come back and won so many matches after a slow start at the beginning of the year?
WILLIAMS: Yes, I was starting to reach my goals. Once I started moving I was starting to move very fast. I was ready and able. I am fairly sure that I’d be in the top 5.
Q: Before this injury were you playing as well as anybody?
WILLIAMS: Yes, I was playing very well. I hope this injury will clear up.
Q: So are you planning come to Paris like two days before?
WILLIAMS: I have two weeks to get myself together. I am planning on coming.
Q: What exactly did you feel on the last game against Sprem?
WILLIAMS: Yes, it hurt a lot. I had to walk it off. I’ve done my ankle before and usually it’s fine until after the match. I was fine until a few hours after the match.
Q: When exactly was it? The 3 rd point?
WILLIAMS: The 3 rd or 4 th point go the last game.
Q: When you got out of bed, what did you have to do, to hop across the room?
WILLIAMS: Yes, I am really good at that now (laughs). Once I iced it I could have it vertically
Q: Your sense of humour is still intact.
WILLIAMS: I am a laugher. Everyone knows that (laughs).