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Tennis: No regrets over ratings slump, says Serena

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Seven-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams says she does not regret her ratings freefall which has left her precariously placed entering next week's Australian Open.

The two-time Australian Open winner is unseeded after finishing an injury-riddled 2006 ranked 95 and goes into the season's opening Grand Slam facing a queue of seeded players through the opening week.

The 25-year-old American, once the most feared player in women's tennis with her powerful groundstrokes, shapes up to Italian 27th seed Mara Santangelo in her opening match.

She has a potential third-round match with fifth seed Nadia Petrova, followed by possible showdowns with the in-form Jelena Jankovic and third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in her quarter of the draw.

Williams played only 16 matches last season and this week's Hobart International was her first tournament back from knee surgery since the US Open last September.

She was was eliminated in the Hobart quarter-finals by Austrian Sybille Bammer, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Williams is philosophical about her standing in the game heading into the new season.

"I definitely think I wouldn't be ranked where I am right now. I don't regret anything that's happened to me," Williams told a press conference here Saturday.

"When I did get injured and I had surgery, I did things I would have never been able to do, like spending time with my family, spending time with my sisters. I wouldn't give that up for anything.

"It was just a learning experience. I've been able to spend some time that I've never been able to get back or never be able to have again.

"I welcome the challenge of being where I am. I just think mentally I'm in a different place. I'm excited to be playing, just to be travelling again, more than anything."

Williams believes her three matches in Hobart have given her a good start to regaining full match fitness.

"I thought it was awesome. I played three solid matches, like eight sets. So it worked out good," she said.

"I'm glad that I started out there and didn't start out here. It was definitely a good decision on my behalf."

Williams said she missed playing tennis and in turn tennis missed her.

"I would be kind of pontificating if I said I think tennis needs me. But I think we work together," she said.

"I think tennis needs me. I think I need tennis. I think I'm happiest playing tennis. I love to be on the court. I love walking out in the crowd. I love the competition. I think it works both ways."

"I definitely expect to play a full schedule this year. Physically, I'm feeling nice."

Asked how she felt that there was no seeded American woman in the Australian draw, Williams said: "It won't happen again, at least as long as I'm playing. I'll try to make sure it doesn't happen any more. I take the blame for that."

Sister Venus, who has won five Grand Slams, has also been by riddled with injuries and has pulled out of the Open with a wrist injury.

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tennis needs all its superstars and its really nice hearing serena say she needs the sport just as much. she welcomes the challenge and is now happy, what more can us fans want. if she can stay healthy and happy, think some good will come out of it for us fans and for her.

good to have her back!! one step at a time.

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Re: Serena: I take blame for no American woman being seeded

what would be an article w/o a memorable Serena quote

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Williams said she missed playing tennis and in turn tennis missed her.

"I would be kind of pontificating if I said I think tennis needs me. But I think we work together," she said.

"I think tennis needs me. I think I need tennis. I think I'm happiest playing tennis. I love to be on the court. I love walking out in the crowd. I love the competition. I think it works both ways."

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I liked this interview, Serena will do big things this year!!!

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nice interview...
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I liked this interview, Serena will do big things this year!!!
Just based on the interview?
She has talked like this before in other interviews.
I would wait to see what she actually does before getting my hopes up

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sure some people will read it and try to find a way to make serena look bad, like always. (just like they always do w/masha).

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its nice to hear that she is going to play a full schedule this year...

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i wish serena all the best for this season & i just cannot wait to see her play up close when i go into Rod laver arena for the 1st night session

tennis needs her & as a spectator i'll be honored to see her presence on the court
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Just based on the interview?
She has talked like this before in other interviews.
I would wait to see what she actually does before getting my hopes up

Yes just based on the interview, when I read I had a gut reaction and my gut is never wrong. It may sound crazy, but my gut was right last year when I felt Venus was going to lose in the 1st rd of AO, it was right when she won wimby 05, and I'm always right about the Yankees winning or losing world series. See me at the end of the year.

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Yes just based on the interview, when I read I had a gut reaction and my gut is never wrong. It may sound crazy, but my gut was right last year when I felt Venus was going to lose in the 1st rd of AO, it was right when she won wimby 05, and I'm always right about the Yankees winning or losing world series. See me at the end of the year.
Hope you are right.
I am assuming you did not this same gut reaction in the past after similar
interviews of commiting to full schedule, and playing more.
She even made a joke the journalist would get tired os seeing her in the press room at each tournament.

I wll see you at the end of the year. I want your gut to work as well as you claim it has in the past.

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its good to hear her say how happy she is when she is playing
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This is a nice interview. And oh Serena shouldn't take blame, the USTA should.

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Arrogant ass, the nerve of her to take the blame for a whole country.

Seriously, Serena's going to play her way into shape. She may not be ready right now to win the Aussie, but she should be ripe for the FO. She needs two FO titles anyway to match the number of titles she has for every other major.

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Thanks for the interview, she is so positive I hope she can play a fullish schedule this year, the game does need her back.
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