Serenas post match interview
S. WILLIAMS/K. Clijsters
4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Q. Were you in your A game for the last six games?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think pretty much I picked up my game a lot for the last
six games. I just -- I don't know if it was my A game. I can't recall. Maybe I
have to look at some film and see.
Q. What was the injury? What was the matter with your foot?
SERENA WILLIAMS: A couple, three different blisters in different areas, so...
Pretty nasty down there.
Q. At what point did you believe you could win?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, it's not that I never thought I was going to lose, but
I never went out there saying, "Oh ...
I don't know. I kept fighting. I thought, "I don't want to lose 6-1." Then I
said, "I don't want to lose 6-2." So I just kept fighting. Next thing I know, I
It was just an unbelievable battle out there.
Q. For one and a half sets, it looked like you were very uncomfortable. What
was going on at that time?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I didn't really have a great ^ practice that I wanted
to. I was out there making too many errors on my backhand. I wasn't moving
my feet enough. I just wasn't doing the things that I needed to do. Not only
that, she was really playing an unbelievable game. She was doing all the right
things at all the right times. She was just playing great tennis.
I don't know, I just was a little uncomfortable.
Q. What we saw in the third set, apprehension, was the injury part of the
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, it wasn't even -- it wasn't the injury, I just needed to
be retaped because I had it taped and it kind of slipped, so it was starting to
burn, so I needed my foot just to be retaped again. That took some time.
Q. You said you never thought you were going to lose in the first round. How
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't go out there thinking, "Gosh, I'm going to lose." I
don't care if I'm down 6-Love, 5 -Love, Love-40. I always think positively out
there always say, "Let me try a little harder, try a little harder. Just go for one
point, just this point." So I never believe in losing like that. I just always trying
to think about positive.
Q. Have you thought about what separates you from the Serena Slam?
SERENA WILLIAMS: One match and Venus (smiling).
Q. Facing Venus on Saturday, will you change your preparation and practicing
with Venus? Is this a time when your mom maybe steps out from the coach's
box and goes back to being mom?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, she technically just -- if I'm having a bad practice,
she'll say, "Okay, Serena, bend your knees, move up, do this, do that." She
doesn't necessarily quit all together and say, "I don't care." She still gives us
our techniques and what we both need to do. When we go out there, whoever
performs the best, whoever does the best, is able to go on.
Q. Would you describe that as your greatest ever fight back, Serena?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I know this might sound crazy, but no. I was down worse
one time. I was down 2-6 -- no, I think I lost the first set 6-1 to Lindsay
Davenport, and I was down 2-5, 15-40. I was able to come back and win that
I've had some tough fights and comebacks. I think in anyone's career, they're
always going to have to have one comeback in their lifetime.
Q. Where was that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: That was actually in Sydney. I've had a lot of matches like
this where I'm fighting and coming back.
Q. This is the first Australian Open title for either Williams. Does that make it
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yes, it is, because people say - we just are always battling
our critics out there - we never really get out to a strong start in the beginning
of the year. And this is great for me because I have no points to defend. This
is a good time for me to gain points since I have so many points later on to
try to defend. I think this is a great opportunity.
Q. You and Venus both have this wonderful tenacity. Do you have any idea
where it comes from?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I've always been a fighter. I don't know. I just keep
fighting. I don't know where it comes from. I've always been a fighter. I think
I give Venus a little bit of a fight. She said she didn't have as much fight
before I came out. So who knows. It's innate.
Q. How do you now go out and play doubles?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, got to start over. I want to go ahead and try to win
this title. We'll see. I'm going to go out there and try to make my returns,
probably play a little better than I did in my singles match. You know, just
have fun. Whatever happens happens.
Q. Do you think Venus is going to come at you in a different way than the last
three Grand Slams?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Venus is actually playing a little better than me at this
tournament, so I have to make sure. I don't know, I just got to pull
something out of my back pocket to be able to go onto the next level
tomorrow, because she's playing really well here.
But, obviously, I would like to win one more match. Granted, she wants to win
this one, as well, wants to get her year started. Who knows, she's probably
trying to win all four, as well. I'm just trying to win one, too.
Q. Can you imagine how Kim feels now?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, Kim, she's not only a good tennis player, but she's a
great person and I think she'll make a great champion because she is always
positive. Even if inside she's dying, she always looks positive, she always
smiles. We were actually chatting in the locker room. You can appreciate that,
because after I lose, I used -- when I was younger, I would be angry. But now
it's just a game, and I just wish the other person good luck in the future.
You can appreciate how she does that.
Q. So you were just chatting with her after the match?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah. We were having trouble with our cell phones working
in the locker room.
Q. Do you view yourself as the underdog on the basis of the semifinals?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I never -- I don't know. I'm just going to go
out there and try to win two sets by any means necessary.
Q. Do you think Venus can push you further than Kim did today?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I hope not. I mean, I don't know. Kim played just really,
really well. I was really lucky I think to be able to get through this match.
Q. You've had such an amazing high emotionally just a few minutes ago. I
would think you possibly are feeling a little down now. How are you going to
crank yourself up to play doubles?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, just -- you know, actually I won the US Open and had
to go out and - my first US Open - and had to go out and play doubles half
hour later, I was able to win. I'm just going to do it again. That was a bit more
of a high for me back then.
Q. With Venus the next day and a half, will you talk about the final at all or
you won't deal with it in any kind of overt way? Is it a big white elephant
sitting in the room? How do you deal with that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: We just will probably talk about our semifinal matches.
Like I always say, we never really talk about tennis outside of the tennis court
because, you know, I don't want to bring my work -- I don't like to bring my
work home. I try to separate the two. We don't really talk about our jobs in
Q. You won't joke about it, say, "I'm going to get you, big sis," anything like
SERENA WILLIAMS: We don't have corny jokes like that (laughter).
Q. I saw you had a super dress on with a glitter strap. Did you design that
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I did. I put the little glitter on it, the whole nine
yards. I try to have fun with my outfits. If they're not really snazzy the way I
like it, I try to make them a little better.
Q. Out of the four Grand Slam finals you played, how do you rate this one? Is
this the nicest one because it was the hardest to get?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I've had a tough time at the French Open, as well. I had
an unbelievable semifinal against Jennifer Capriati. Plus that one was just
amazing because it was on clay. Like I said, we've been battling our critics.
People say, "The Williams sisters can't play on clay." That was also
something really special to me.
Each one has a special meaning. Getting to the finals of Wimbledon is just
something I'm not going to forget, and the one at my home, the US Open, it's
always great to be a part of, that night match. Here, I'm also aware because
it's real special for me to be for the first time in Australia. Just to be in the
final right now is just really, really special.
Each one has a special meaning.
Q. You said on the court you thought you were going to lose. Was that just
for the public? Now you've gone back to being positive.
SERENA WILLIAMS: I just never think I'm going to lose. I just don't want
people to think I'm too cocky. It's always something with us Williams sisters,
you know. "They're too cocky." Whatever (laughter).
Q. You don't like to talk about opponents, but do you think Kim could be the
main challenger to you and your sister this year?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think Kim is definitely a main challenger to us this year.
Has definitely picked up her game. Since day one, I've always had a tough
match against Kim. The first time I played her I believe was at the US Open in
1999. So she's always been a tough competitor.
Yeah, she's a main challenge to the Williams sisters.
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