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Q. Inevitable that people are going to say, "Was Venus missing Serena?" Was that a part of the defeat?



VENUS WILLIAMS: Was that why you called me in here, to ask me that? Is that why the press conference was called, so you could ask me that?



I'm here playing for the USA. I love playing with Chanda Rubin. That's not even part of the equation.



Q. Looking on the positive side, do you think it will help with the defense of the singles gold?



VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I really don't think so, no.



Q. Not even from a physical point of view?



VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all. I love doubles.



Q. In all fairness, I don't normally cover tennis. When people ask you a question about your sister or whatever, other people allude to you being testy or anything like that, can you explain why it is so annoying to you to receive some questions like that sometimes, just out of your words as opposed to from someone else's perspective?



VENUS WILLIAMS: I tell you why it was annoying tonight, because it's really late. I just feel like we were called in here so someone could ask that question ‑ other than that, you know, normally I always get questions about my sister.



Q. I have to ask, because it was a terrific match, a great contest, could have gone either way in the final set. We're interested in the match, but we are also interested in you and your sister. You were the champions in Sydney. She's missing from the equation here. That's the difference. I think it's a valid question from our perspective, your missing your sister on the court.



CHANDA RUBIN: Not to cut you off, but, I mean, she also hasn't played in the last year doubles. Both of us, a new team, you have a number of factors. It's not just the fact that she's missing Serena.



As she said, we went out, we fought hard. You know, as you said, it was a good contest. It's really kind of a pointless question, because, of course, she's always played with Serena. But the match could have gone either way, as you said.



It was just a little bit of a difference which could have been a number of factors, and you have to take all those into account.



Q. What did you think of the crowd out there? Towards the end, there were groups chanting, "USA," others were saying, "China." Was that a good atmosphere? People talked about lack of fans out here at the tennis.



CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, I mean, it's the Olympics. Of course, you know, people are cheering for their countries. That's what you expect. The match was close. You figure the crowd is going to get more into it. It was a very compelling match for everyone.



Q. In other sports like basketball, you see a team that feels a lot of tremendous pressure to win simply because they're American, they're expected to be dominant. Do you guys have any kind of feelings like that, playing for the United States, feeling any pressure at all because it's the Olympics, even though you're usually accustomed to competing internationally?



CHANDA RUBIN: I didn't feel any extra pressure. I wanted to win the match like I want to come out and win any match. Of course, this is the Olympics. You feel a lot more excited coming into it.



But it's still a match that I wanted to go out and win. Even if it was on a back court, I still would have wanted to win just as much.



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I've never heard Venus like that. Even in her singles match she was questioning line calls a lot and talking to the Chair about them. Maybe this will help her get more aggresive to win the tourney!

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Venus Chanda

You could tell they discussed what the press was going to ask them from the minute they lost. Venus was ready to snap. Chanda even cut off the reporters.

I wish I could see a clip of this.
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Haha...I love it. Veee
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Go Venus and Rubin.They were out there giving their all.Iam pround of my AMERICAN"S.Win or lose.
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Iam still proud .ha ha
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Like V said it was late, she was prolly a little testy
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Like V said it was late, she was prolly a little testy
Venus had the right to be testy. She's not naive, she knows what type of questions are going to be asked, why they're going to be asked and what response those questioners want in even asking the questions. She's given a pass from me.
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[QUOTE=SerenaSlam]Q. Inevitable that people are going to say, "Was Venus missing Serena?" Was that a part of the defeat?



VENUS WILLIAMS: Was that why you called me in here, to ask me that? Is that why the press conference was called, so you could ask me that?



I'm here playing for the USA. I love playing with Chanda Rubin. That's not even part of the equation.


QUOTE]

The fact the reporter had the audacity to even ask that kind of question in front of Chanda Rubin makes me really wonder why players seem testy in interviews.

Frankly, I just don't think reporters use common sense when they ask questions and this is definitely one prime example.
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Q. Inevitable that people are going to say, "Was Venus missing Serena?" Was that a part of the defeat?



VENUS WILLIAMS: Was that why you called me in here, to ask me that? Is that why the press conference was called, so you could ask me that?



I'm here playing for the USA. I love playing with Chanda Rubin. That's not even part of the equation.


QUOTE]

The fact the reporter had the audacity to even ask that kind of question in front of Chanda Rubin makes me really wonder why players seem testy in interviews.

Frankly, I just don't think reporters use common sense when they ask questions and this is definitely one prime example.
Exactly!! It's like it's Chanda's fault that they lost. To ask Venus, in front of Chanda, if she missed her sister and if that was the cause of the loss, as if Chanda doesn't matter or just a filler. I think Vee got angry because it's a diss toward Chanda more than anything.
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Well I know it was stupid question but Venus really went off on one. And was she really questioning line calls. Venus it gonna smash that racket soon
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Why the hell would that reporter ask the question when Chanda was sitting there, that' sjust mean.
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Well done Vee....don´t take no shit from nobody!

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