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Jennifer and Serena's interviews from Semifinal Matchup?

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Bump! I wonder where the Sharapova fans got her Rome interviews.
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here is Jen's interview:



2004 TELECOM ITALIA MASTERS
ROME, ITALY

May 15, 2004

J. CAPRIATI/S. Williams
6-4, 6-4

JENNIFER CAPRIATI

THE MODERATOR: First question for Jennifer, please.

Q. So many efforts from your daddy for you to do well in Rome. You are in the final and, for once, your dad is not here.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Oh, let's not get on my dad... (laughing). Come on, give him a break. But it all -- it's a lead-up to something, you know (smiling). No, it's about me always - of course. I just, you know, was just focusing on a few things, really just on myself the whole week, the last few weeks. And, you know, just came together. And probably nobody expected me to do well. I mean, you know, nobody's been hearing my name actually for the last, you know, couple months. So, you know, kind of when I'm ready to do things, you know, it comes together, and the package has to be all together for me to play well. He's probably on a plane right now coming over (smiling).

Q. After you had that double-fault on a matchpoint, were you afraid it was going again to happen with Serena, you always fight a lot and then maybe at the end you don't win?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Those are the thoughts, the voices in my head that, you know, I'm trying to, you know, brush away, brush aside and say, "Go away," you know. I just, you know, had another time to serve. And that's what I felt, that, you know, "Just gonna go for it. If it's not gonna happen, it's not gonna happen. I'm not gonna let it go by giving it away," you know. And, you know, I'm only human and I give myself almost -- you know , I gave myself a break out there. It happens to everybody, you know. Whatever, if it happens once, it's fine and I shouldn't get down on myself because of that. I still remained positive after that and said, you know, to myself, "I have still another one." And, you know, had the momentum going there and I felt it the whole time. So, you know, I felt like the match was in my hands and I wasn't gonna let it get out of my hands.

Q. She seemed to have momentum, too. At the end when she hit that last forehand, the ball poised on the net cord. You waited because she had won a point like that. What kind of a moment is that, when you see that ball...

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: It's a sign that it's gonna go my way, I don't know (laughing). I mean, she came out like that, too. I mean, she hit so many lines in the beginning and, you know, I just, again, just didn't try to make it about her out there, just tried to concentrate and do what was my game plan out there and just hit my shots, you know, instead of playing just to stay in there and not to lose, you know, which would happen kind of in the past and, all of a sudden, just let her just get the momentum again. But, you know, this time I realized that most of the time I think I did have most of the momentum.

Q. Is that something Heinz has particularly worked with you on?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: What's that?

Q. When you're in situations where you're concerned it's going to slip away..?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Uhm... no, not really. I think it's just -- I mean, I've always known that, and it's just a combination of things, you know, that I think that just help me to keep the momentum going and the belief in myself. And, of course, I mean, he's helped with that. You know, when I'm feeling in good shape, that helps me also. And, you know, just doing things for myself just, you know, just makes it all that much easier for me to just not get too negative out there and, you know, just believe in myself more.

Q. Eight defeats in a row against her. Which was the most painful? Did you have a feeling during this match that she was in trouble physically with the knee or something?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I mean, I don't know. Her serve was a little bit different, you know. Maybe because of her knee, she wasn't pushing off as much, but... Or she's saving herself for the French; I don't know. But, you know, that doesn't matter. I mean, they're all painful, you know...(smiling) that's the truth.

Q. So this is the sweetest moment, I guess?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah, I mean, you know, she has to let me win one time to keep things interesting; otherwise, it's boring all the time, you know (smiling).

Q. You still have a final to play, but is this a huge load, to get one of the Williamses off your back - for a while anyway?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. I mean, of course. It's just, you know, a player that's been No. 1 in the world and she's, you know, "the one to beat." I've lost to her, you know, so many times in a row. So she's one of the girls that would be, you know, a lot off the back if I would be able to win, you know. So it's just very, you know -- a personal victory for me. But, you know, it's just on to the next thing, you know. There's another job to do. You know, just gonna enjoy it later on, but, you know, it's just satisfaction of working hard and having it come out and playing well, you know. It really should be the same almost when you win or lose, but, you know, of course that's easy to say, you know...

Q. Talking of things getting off your back, how is your back?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: (Smiling)... Yeah, it's feeling really good right now. I think I'm moving as well now as, you know, I did in the past - maybe couple years ago or a year ago or so. Just really feel more loose and flexible. And because of hurting myself, I mean, it's like a blessing in disguise, you know, just really my body trying to tell me something and to take care of it and start now so I can keep going for a while longer.

Q. So you said it's been a couple years since you felt this good?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Yeah. It is getting stiff here, though, sitting here (smiling).

Q. Never mind the computer, do you and the players largely still regard Serena as the No. 1 player in the game?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: That's tough to say right now. I think right now it's, you know, it's hard to say who's consistent anyways. I mean, it's just kind of no one can play at the same time. So it's really -- it's hard to tell who is the No. 1, I think. All the girls, I mean, all the girls really have the potential. So, you know, I guess the rankings, that's what you got to go by, and it's just really tough to say right now.

Q. Are you going to call Stefano tonight to tell him what happened? We don't know, what is the relationship right now?

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: I think he knows right now (laughing). No, I'm gonna call him right now. I'm waiting to call...

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here is Serena's:

2004 TELECOM ITALIA MASTERS
ROME, ITALY
May 15, 2004

J. CAPRIATI/S. Williams
6-4, 6-4

SERENA WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR: First question for Serena, please.

Q. Serena, how do you sum up this match , your problems, her problems? What happened?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Actually, I think I'm playing a lot better - I'm feeling the ball, and more consistent. So I don't know about her problems; I can only tell you about mine (smiling).

Q. More consistent, but not consistent enough, would you say?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Sure.

Q. Did you serve well enough?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, no, definitely didn't serve well enough. Overall, I didn't play well enough. But for me it's a big step. I think theoretically I'm doing a lot better.

Q. Is it a big step because it's clay and that's physically so much more demanding?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's definitely physically more demanding. I wasn't tired at all. I think I'm just feeling more solid than I was in my first-round match, which is something I really wanted to be able to do by the end of the tournament, yeah.

Q. You had twice the ball to go 5-all in the second set. You thought you could turn around the match at that point, or you were not too confident or what?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I think maybe it probably would have helped a little bit, but I don't know; she was playing pretty good today.

Q. Your history with her, winning eight straight matches, when you saw her double-fault on matchpoint, did you think, "Ah-hah, here I go"?

SERENA WILLIAMS: That really didn't cross my mind. I just thought, "Keep fighting. Third set - maybe."

Q. Are you where you want to be now for your French Open preparation? What do you do now, during the remaining eight or nine days?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Almost - pretty much almost where I want to be. I would like to work on a few things. But, honestly, I think I'm hitting a lot better, and I'm very satisfied with the way my game is going. I can see it probably better than you guys can, but it's definitely going in the right direction.

Q. Even though the result is different, you're more satisfied where your game is now than how you felt at the end of Miami?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I was serving better in Miami. I was a little shocked at how well I was serving, but I was serving definitely better, which is why there are some things I want to work on going in to the French. I'm definitely going to ameliorate them and just become a real force, for sure, by French Open time.

Q. We have the impression that you are still concerned with your knee, when you have to stop suddenly just before the net, or other situations when you don't charge with your foot when you serve. Is it on your mind, or no?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm... Maybe, maybe not (smiling).

Q. Will you stay in Europe and practice for the French?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'm gonna enjoy my time in Europe, and maybe I'll go to the movies; I don't know.

Q. Anything in particular you want to see?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Something in Italian to improve my Italian.

Q. How is Venus right now?

SERENA WILLIAMS: She's in great spirits. She's doing great. She's definitely going to be very, very difficult to beat at the French Open.

Q. Who is in better physical shape - you or your sister?

SERENA WILLIAMS: We both never get tired, we just keep running no matter what happens, so I don't know. She's really good at that, and I'm really good at that, too. But, you know, this week coming up, I'm really gonna get in even better shape - if that's possible - and eat even more pasta, pizza (laughter).

Q. The computer sometimes lies, Serena. You're not No. 1, but do you regard yourself as the No. 1 player in the world?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It's kind of a weird situation, you know. People come up to me and they're saying, "Oh, hey, what's going on?" I'm like, "Oh, hey. How are you?" They say, "Yeah, so you're No. 1?" And I have no time to explain that I'm not, so I just say yes (laughter). It's a lot easier to say yes. A lot of people believe that I'm No. 1 anyway, so...

Q. Most do. Do you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Sure. I think that's important. Even five years ago when I wasn't No. 1, I believed that I was gonna get there and I believed that I was gonna be No. 1. And once you stop thinking like that, then it's probably time to move on to something different.

Q. What do you think the problem was today, was it your own errors, or was she dictating play completely?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I think today it was a bit of both, for sure.

Q. Do you care which number you will be seeded at the French?

SERENA WILLIAMS: At the end of the day, I think that I'm going to have to play whoever. Whether I play in the first round, prefer -- Amelie or not, it doesn't matter. So I think eventually you have to play a person. Whether it's Venus or Justine or Kim, doesn't matter, you're going to have to play. So, I mean, I'll take it as it comes. It would be nice to have my special seeding, but I don't know with the Grand Slams. I don't know.

Q. Who do you see as a favorite tomorrow?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Non lo so (laughter).

End of FastScripts….

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Two great interviews, what Serena said is true, people who fuss over seedings need to realize that you will have to play the top players sooner or later. Whether it be in the third round or the finals you will have to go through the best players to win because to be the best you have to beat the best.
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Lol I love how Jen says "you know" about 1,000 times in her interviews.
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Wow! Serena has been jinxing herself A LOT RE: that whole number 1 thing.
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Lol I love how Jen says "you know" about 1,000 times in her interviews.
you know?

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So, let me get this straight. The computer rankings are a lie. Everyone
thinks Serena is number 1. She tells everybody she's number 1. Serena
doesn't care about what the rankings or seedings are because she thinks
she still number 1. Very interesting. The year 2003 never happpened.

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So, let me get this straight. The computer rankings are a lie. Everyone
thinks Serena is number 1. She tells everybody she's number 1. Serena
doesn't care about what the rankings or seedings are because she thinks
she still number 1. Very interesting. The year 2003 never happpened.
She doesn't THINK she's No.1. She just believes she can get back to No.1 (as she said, like she did 5 years ago), if you read the interview carefully.
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Well you know I always believed Jen could beat Serena today and I think she is going to beat mom tomorrow lets go Jen!!!

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Thanks Darutt! Where did you get these interviews, btw?
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