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Serena and Tatiana's Post-Match Interviews

S. WILLIAMS/T. Golovin

7-5, 6-4

An interview with:

SERENA WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. Just with your unforced errors today, did that take you by surprise at all?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I was near 50 in two sets, so I pretty much gave away over a set in unforced errors.

Q. Is that mental?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I just -- I don't know. I don't think it was mental. It was just missing every shot, just going for too much and not looking at the ball.

Q. Where are the earrings today? You didn't send for them?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, I had an earring malfunction, so...

Q. You left them off?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, one of them died, yeah. So I decided not to just wear one, so I have to go get some more.

Q. Everybody would have thought it was a fashion statement if you had just worn one.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, but then I thought, "This is ridiculous. Just give it up."

Q. When you fought behind from 4-1 in that first set, how tough is it to come back from that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It wasn't too tough. I always think to myself, "Okay." I kind of relax when I'm down. I usually relax. I feel so comfortable.

Q. As you analyze, I mean, yeah, 42 unforced errors, whatever it was, what was behind that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Craziness, maybe. I don't know. I just couldn't get the ball in. I mean, a couple matches before I was really making my shots. I just think I was hitting flat. I wasn't looking at the ball. And I just made all these errors. And they are shots that I really should have made. Most of them were shots I really should have made.

Q. Towards the very end of the match you had that wondrous split. Kept a straight face for a little while, but then started smiling to yourself. What was going through your mind?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I thought for sure the ball was out. That's why I kept the straight face. I thought, "Oh, shoot." But then the ball was like -- I looked at the umpire. I was like, "Was that in?" He was like, "Yeah." I was like, "Yeah." I couldn't believe it. I just thought that I was fighting at that point. I was really playing two opponents: her and myself.

Q. Did you have any worries on bad turns or falls like that about your knee?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I mean, I was in the moment. I definitely didn't have any worries. I used to want to be a gymnast, so I kind of like doing the splits, yeah. Think I grew too tall, though.

Q. What did you think about your opponent's game?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think she had a really good game. She's really young. And I think she played a really good game out there. She was really consistent. I can see that she improved so much since just the last time I played her at Wimbledon. So it's good for France. You guys can put pressure on her besides Amelie for once at the French Open.

Q. You won the match, but you sound like you're not quite happy with the way you played. How do you shake that off?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I really feel like going out and practice right now. But maybe that's not so smart. So maybe I'll wait until tomorrow, early, and just go out there.

Q. As you take this path back from your knee injury, do you ever concern yourself with not having that air of invincibility? Is that anywhere in your mind as you go through these stages?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I don't even -- I don't even think about invincibility. I've been off for eight months. It's just trying. I've had a very difficult 12 months - just my life in general. And I think, considering everything that's happened to me, just happy to be playing right now. Sometimes I'm hard on myself. I'm thinking why didn't I do this, why didn't I win this. But if you really look at my record this year, it's not really bad considering. I mean, I had extensive surgery in my leg and I had a couple setbacks. I keep having setbacks. I didn't have enough -- I would have liked to prepare more for this event. I couldn't go to the Olympics. I wasn't supposed to come here but I thought, "I can't miss this." They're very devastating, but I just keep fighting.

Q. Is it tough for you to be patient while that comes back?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It is. It's so tough. I lost my patience after I couldn't go to the Olympics. I said, "I don't care." I'm just gonna fight as hard as I can to get to this event. You know, whatever it takes, I just really want to be here, competing. I don't care if I lose in the first round or if I win. I didn't want to miss this event again. But I had no patience. I was supposed to wait for like six to eight weeks.

Q. Are you concerned that now that you have decided to play here that it might affect later on in the season?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I don't think so. And if it does, I'm at the Open. But I really want to give 200 percent here, and I think that was my main goal, is to play.

Q. This is the last Slam.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, and I want an opportunity to play it. I really was fighting to get here.

Q. Do you feel like the knee is holding up well so far?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It's holding up.

Q. Pain, stiffness, soreness, anything like that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It's holding up. I don't make excuses.

Q. It doesn't seem like something you like to talk about.

SERENA WILLIAMS: No. He doesn't like to be talked about.

Q. But you feel a bit of a tinge, it sounds like?

SERENA WILLIAMS: A little bit of...?

Q. Tinges, tweaks?

SERENA WILLIAMS: However you guys predict it.

Q. Could you talk for a minute about the experience of going out on to Ashe. It's obviously really different from the Centre Court. What is that experience like?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, each Grand Slam has its different experience. Obviously, this is the biggest stadium for tennis, period. You know, it's a great feeling because, I mean, for me, I've won here in my first Grand Slam. I just love that. And I love -- I don't know. I love New York. Although I love Paris. But, I mean, I love New York. And I just, you know, it's like playing in America to me. And the crowd tonight was really amazing. I've never had a crowd like that for me, so I was really, really excited.

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S. WILLIAMS/T. Golovin

7-5, 6-4

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TATIANA GOLOVIN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What are your thoughts on the match?

TATIANA GOLOVIN: It was a positive experience. It was my first time out there. You know, I really enjoyed it. I think the crowd liked it, too, so that was important. And, you know, I had my chances out there. You know, obviously I'm pretty happy because I played better than I did when I played her at Wimbledon. So obviously that's positive. But, you know, I'm there, you know. I had my chances. I'm with her. So that's a good thing.

Q. What were your impressions of her?

TATIANA GOLOVIN: You know, I was ready. I was ready for -- you know, I know how she plays now. You know, I already played her, obviously. So I was ready. I was ready for what she was gonna do out there. So, no, I can't really say I was impressed.

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Q. What did you think about your opponent's game?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think she had a really good game. She's really young. And I think she played a really good game out there. She was really consistent. I can see that she improved so much since just the last time I played her at Wimbledon. So it's good for France. You guys can put pressure on her besides Amelie for once at the French Open.
Hopefully, the French don't consider it another faux pas.


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Q. What were your impressions of her?

TATIANA GOLOVIN: You know, I was ready. I was ready for -- you know, I know how she plays now. You know, I already played her, obviously. So I was ready. I was ready for what she was gonna do out there. So, no, I can't really say I was impressed.
Obviously hitting 42 UEs is not impressive.
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TATIANA GOLOVIN: You know, I was ready. I was ready for -- you know, I know how she plays now. You know, I already played her, obviously. So I was ready. I was ready for what she was gonna do out there. So, no, I can't really say I was impressed.

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Wow....I wasnīt impressed with her game...


Can you imagine if someone had said this?!

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Serena needs to stop hitting her groundies off the back foot!!!

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Yea, this board would light up like a x-mas tree and added to the tree it would be how arogant Serena is and how she has no respect. She was not impress but she still lost.
totally...how ungracious, no respect for her opponnent...blah bla bla

Serena or Venus never said shit like that..

I'm sorry Serena played so badly to give this cow confidence
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Yea, this board would light up like a x-mas tree and added to the tree it would be how arogant Serena is and how she has no respect. She was not impress but she still lost.

Tjaaaa......some people, some canīt....

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totally...how ungracious, no respect for her opponnent...blah bla bla

Serena or Venus never said shit like that..

I'm sorry Serena played so badly to give this cow confidence

Then be consistent....make threads calling Tatiana arrogant, just like you folks do when itīs Serena or venus who say stuff like this.

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I'm liking Tati more and more..............always so confident in herself.
Her game might be ugly, but her attitude can take her far.
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Come on Bandabou you are asking for a little to much from these people. There was another post where Angela said she would like to get to the 4th round and a thread was started saying she was arrogant can you believe that. Now why don't that poster start a thread saying that Serena's opponet was arrogant. BTW that girl look awfull in those shorts she look like she had a load of shit in those shorts pulling them down. The chick had no shape or anything to fill them out. She just looked terrible.

Tjaaa.....but it ainīt rascism...

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Itīs just: You like some people and you donīt like some....

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SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, but then I thought, "This is ridiculous. Just give it up."

This bit made me chuckle. Serena always does a great interview!
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"earring malfunction" LMAO she's so delightful
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Q. Where are the earrings today? You didn't send for them?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, I had an earring malfunction, so...

Q. You left them off?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, one of them died, yeah. So I decided not to just wear one, so I have to go get some more.


lmao. one of them died.


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What was Tati impressed with? Losing to Serena? Letting Serena back into the match and then having Serena beat her?

Serena's interviews always ranging from tennis to wardrobe - the interviewers must love those assignments.

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