Venus' Interview After Loss to Kim
Press Conference with VENUS WILLIAMS
Clijsters versus Williams 1:6 6:3 6:4
Q: You played her just once. What would you say was the difference today?
A: I think she definitely played a lot better today than last time, but I expect all players to play better every time. She made a lot of great improvements, but she has a great base to build on.
Q: You had a quick great start.
A: I think I hit a lot of great shots in the beginning and itís difficult to always keep hitting those kind of shots. She played consistent tennis, kept the ball in play and I think most of the time I was going for my shots. They didnít always go in.
Q: What went through your mind in the third set when you lost your serve? You seemed to loose your rhythm completely.
A: Yes, I think I was rushing too much to be honest, so I had to slow myself down, but time started to go a little faster against me. I think thatís what happened.
Q: I know you wonít want to take away the credit from your oponent, but were you comfortable with your movement?
A: It was O.K. Iím sure glad to have the next week off to go home and take a break. But, I think she played well.
Q: Do you find it more demanding on clay, physically?
A: For sure, you have to play longer points. Physically you need to be in good shape, but other than that, if you can hit a few balls, itís to your advantage.
Q: Before the tournament it was said that the only player who actually could beat you were yoursel. So, what happened today?
A: I definitely think she played great tennis. She served well and moved well and was determined. I guess thatís what counted in the end.
Q: You said she had a great base to build from. What did you mean by that in detail?
A: Just sometimes itís difficult to build on a game if you have bad techniques from the very beginning from the core. And I think she has good techniques, so you can always do better with those kind of techniques.
Q: Is she a threat of getting to the No. 1 position?
A: I donít know. I can answer for the next person. I guess she could.
Q: How good is she at the moment?
A: I think she is a very good player, for sure. Sheís only 18 or so. When I was 18, I was having fun (laughs).
Q: Can you win a Grand Slam on clay?
A: I think so. I think I have to play better than what I did today and serve a lot better. My first serve was sitting so low, it was hard to move on the second serve. I think thatís a lot of what did me in today. I was having to hit second serves. So, Iím going home to work on that. But other than that, Iím o.k. It will work out. Itíll be o.k.
Q: Would you agree that the competitiveness in womenís tennis is very strong at the moment?
A: There are definitely a lot of great players on the tour. It makes it interesting.
Q: When you go home, how much time do you think you will spend resting and how much will you spend for homework?
A: I just take a day to rest and go back at it again.
Q: That doesnít seem a lot?
A: Well, itís all I need.
Q: Are you still planning to come back next year and bring some sun back?
A: Yes, Iím hoping to come back and Iíll try and bring a little sun from Miami.
Q: Am I right that exactly this time last year you went back home, and came back for the French, but Serena is staying? Why do you think differently on your schedules?
A: I have to go back. I have something to do. Itís something I have to do, otherwise Iíd probably stay and play next week.
Q: Itís not to do with your tennis, but with your other commitments?
A: Yes, for sure.
(I didn't find Kim's press conference yet).