S. WILLIAMS/D. Bedanova
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Q. How come you lost two games?
SERENA WILLIAMS: She played very well. She was serving good. Like I said, when I play better players, I tend to raise the level of my game. I don't know if 0-0 is my destiny. Maybe it's just not my destiny.
Q. Coming to the net behind a first serve return, are you sending a message before your first serve returns?
SERENA WILLIAMS: And I return and come to the net?
Q. She's serving and volleying, you're returning your first serve and coming to the net behind it right at her. Is there a message being sent there?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No. I love playing serve and volleyers. I really get a thrill playing serve and volleyers. I have a specific strategy, but I will not let anyone in on it, except for maybe Venus.
Q. Was that it today?
SERENA WILLIAMS: You didn't really see it today. She wasn't a pure serve and volleyer.
Q. What did you do all day? What time did you get out here?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, just my luck, I got out here around 9 because I like to practice two hours before the match. I was thinking, "Yes, 11:00, I could be done by 12:00, have the rest of the day." But unfortunately it didn't work out that way. So I've been here since 9.
I got a chance to hit a few serves and returns, went to sleep, ate, went to sleep, hung out, laughed. That's what I did today. Played a match.
Q. Did have you plans for that 12:00 hour?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, it's good. In the end, this is better. I got to save money. Didn't do any shopping. It worked out perfect. That's how I like to look at it. Always a positive side, I guess.
Q. You said you came in rusty. How do you feel now?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm feeling much better.
Q. Are you holding your own in practice?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm holding my own a little more in practice. I love hitting with Venus when she hits this well. It's really something to see, so I love it. I love returning her serve. I return so much her serve, my return is getting better and better, almost the way it was at Wimbledon. I'm almost to where I would like to be for this week, not for my career.
Q. Do you always practice together? If so, could you talk about the nature of the practice, how intense they get?
SERENA WILLIAMS: We always pretty much practice together, not for a very long time. Like if we both have a day off, I'll practice an hour earlier, or she would, depending who wants to wake up early. We hit with our hitting partner. We'd hit together for half hour, I'd be done, she hits for another hour. If we're at home, we'll hit more together. At the tournament, we do, but not as much as if we were at home.
Q. What's it like? Do you really get after it?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think we really are intense. That's why it brings out the best of us. Venus, she gets very low and hits pretty hard. I try to mock her and follow her and do the same things.
Q. Those weren't perfect conditions, breezy, cool.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Very breezy.
Q. You had eight aces, going for your serves today. You still got in a high 70%. Did you feel particularly grooved on your serve?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm definitely feeling better on my serve. I've been really, really working hard on my serve. Once I serve well, my whole game goes up. That's with everybody, I think. I'm feeling a little bit better on my serve. I'm usually hitting at least 8 to 10 aces a match. I haven't been doing that.
Q. Three in a row today.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Twice, right?
Q. Yes. What does it say about the gap between you and the rest of the tour if you're coming in and beating the No. 20 ranked players on the tour that quickly, pretty easily? Does it say the gap is growing between you and a lot of the rest of the players?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think I've just improved. I think everyone's improving. Actually, I think she has -- I played her a while back in Tokyo the first time I played her. Actually, I think this game is good. She has a very solid volley. That's going to be difficult. I think it's in the developing stages right now. I think maybe in a few months, it will just be a lot better.
Q. As well as you're returning serve, is there anyone's serve on tour that threatens you now?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I think I have the best return out there. No one says I do, but I feel I do. I think a lot of people feel I do, too. Once I'm returning well, it all's clicking. Today I returned well. That's just for today. I have to make sure I do it tomorrow. Whenever I play again, I have to make sure I'm returning the way I did today.
Q. Would she ever be strong enough to give you trouble? She's slight.
SERENA WILLIAMS: She's very slim. She could be a model.
Q. I meant athletically, can she challenge you?
SERENA WILLIAMS: She has lots of muscle. Like she's slim, but it's all muscle. But I don't know. Maybe if we were in a sprinting match, maybe I'd win. If we had a football game, maybe I'd win - maybe in basketball. Athletically, probably not.
Q. What would she win at?
SERENA WILLIAMS: She'd win at fitting in all the clothes I couldn't get in (laughter).
Q. You have a Letterman appearance coming up tomorrow.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Tomorrow is Monday, yes.
Q. Is that something you look forward to? Is it a show you would like to be on?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Dave is a very nice guy. I filmed it. He's very nice. I've always done Leno, I've never done Letterman. It was a different experience, New York. It was really nice.
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