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SerenaSlam
Aug 16th, 2004, 08:44 PM
Q. Inevitable that people are going to say, "Was Venus missing Serena?" Was that a part of the defeat?



VENUS WILLIAMS: Was that why you called me in here, to ask me that? Is that why the press conference was called, so you could ask me that?



I'm here playing for the USA. I love playing with Chanda Rubin. That's not even part of the equation.



Q. Looking on the positive side, do you think it will help with the defense of the singles gold?



VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I really don't think so, no.



Q. Not even from a physical point of view?



VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all. I love doubles.



Q. In all fairness, I don't normally cover tennis. When people ask you a question about your sister or whatever, other people allude to you being testy or anything like that, can you explain why it is so annoying to you to receive some questions like that sometimes, just out of your words as opposed to from someone else's perspective?



VENUS WILLIAMS: I tell you why it was annoying tonight, because it's really late. I just feel like we were called in here so someone could ask that question ‑ other than that, you know, normally I always get questions about my sister.



Q. I have to ask, because it was a terrific match, a great contest, could have gone either way in the final set. We're interested in the match, but we are also interested in you and your sister. You were the champions in Sydney. She's missing from the equation here. That's the difference. I think it's a valid question from our perspective, your missing your sister on the court.



CHANDA RUBIN: Not to cut you off, but, I mean, she also hasn't played in the last year doubles. Both of us, a new team, you have a number of factors. It's not just the fact that she's missing Serena.



As she said, we went out, we fought hard. You know, as you said, it was a good contest. It's really kind of a pointless question, because, of course, she's always played with Serena. But the match could have gone either way, as you said.



It was just a little bit of a difference which could have been a number of factors, and you have to take all those into account.



Q. What did you think of the crowd out there? Towards the end, there were groups chanting, "USA," others were saying, "China." Was that a good atmosphere? People talked about lack of fans out here at the tennis.



CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, I mean, it's the Olympics. Of course, you know, people are cheering for their countries. That's what you expect. The match was close. You figure the crowd is going to get more into it. It was a very compelling match for everyone.



Q. In other sports like basketball, you see a team that feels a lot of tremendous pressure to win simply because they're American, they're expected to be dominant. Do you guys have any kind of feelings like that, playing for the United States, feeling any pressure at all because it's the Olympics, even though you're usually accustomed to competing internationally?



CHANDA RUBIN: I didn't feel any extra pressure. I wanted to win the match like I want to come out and win any match. Of course, this is the Olympics. You feel a lot more excited coming into it.



But it's still a match that I wanted to go out and win. Even if it was on a back court, I still would have wanted to win just as much.



FastScripts by ASAP Sports.

Venus really did put the people in their place, and Chanda helped out a lot. They don't take shit from anyone!

pcrtennis
Aug 16th, 2004, 08:47 PM
I've never heard Venus like that. Even in her singles match she was questioning line calls a lot and talking to the Chair about them. Maybe this will help her get more aggresive to win the tourney!

Diesel
Aug 16th, 2004, 08:48 PM
Venus http://www.wtaworld.com/images/smilies/kiss.gif

Knizzle
Aug 16th, 2004, 08:52 PM
Venus :hearts: Chanda :hearts: :haha:

You could tell they discussed what the press was going to ask them from the minute they lost. Venus was ready to snap. Chanda even cut off the reporters.

I wish I could see a clip of this.

DeDe4925
Aug 16th, 2004, 08:54 PM
Haha...I love it. Veee :kiss:

pisces
Aug 16th, 2004, 08:57 PM
Go Venus and Rubin.They were out there giving their all.Iam pround of my AMERICAN"S.Win or lose.

pisces
Aug 16th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Iam still proud .ha ha

Stamp Paid
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:01 PM
Oh really? http://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/tape.gifhttp://wtaworld.com/images/smilies/tape.gif

CJ07
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:08 PM
Like V said it was late, she was prolly a little testy

Diesel
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:10 PM
Like V said it was late, she was prolly a little testy

Venus had the right to be testy. She's not naive, she knows what type of questions are going to be asked, why they're going to be asked and what response those questioners want in even asking the questions. She's given a pass from me.

Jakeev
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:19 PM
[QUOTE=SerenaSlam]Q. Inevitable that people are going to say, "Was Venus missing Serena?" Was that a part of the defeat?



VENUS WILLIAMS: Was that why you called me in here, to ask me that? Is that why the press conference was called, so you could ask me that?



I'm here playing for the USA. I love playing with Chanda Rubin. That's not even part of the equation.


QUOTE]

The fact the reporter had the audacity to even ask that kind of question in front of Chanda Rubin makes me really wonder why players seem testy in interviews.

Frankly, I just don't think reporters use common sense when they ask questions and this is definitely one prime example.

DeDe4925
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:25 PM
[QUOTE=SerenaSlam]Q. Inevitable that people are going to say, "Was Venus missing Serena?" Was that a part of the defeat?



VENUS WILLIAMS: Was that why you called me in here, to ask me that? Is that why the press conference was called, so you could ask me that?



I'm here playing for the USA. I love playing with Chanda Rubin. That's not even part of the equation.


QUOTE]

The fact the reporter had the audacity to even ask that kind of question in front of Chanda Rubin makes me really wonder why players seem testy in interviews.

Frankly, I just don't think reporters use common sense when they ask questions and this is definitely one prime example.
Exactly!! It's like it's Chanda's fault that they lost. To ask Venus, in front of Chanda, if she missed her sister and if that was the cause of the loss, as if Chanda doesn't matter or just a filler. I think Vee got angry because it's a diss toward Chanda more than anything.

cool bird
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:28 PM
Well I know it was stupid question but Venus really went off on one. And was she really questioning line calls. Venus it gonna smash that racket soon

treiber04
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:30 PM
Why the hell would that reporter ask the question when Chanda was sitting there, that' sjust mean.

bandabou
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:35 PM
Well done Vee....don´t take no shit from nobody!

Mrs. Peel
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:39 PM
Why the hell would that reporter ask the question when Chanda was sitting there, that' sjust mean.
mean and stupid....

Venus went OFF :lol: Set them straight Venus!!!

The Crow
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:46 PM
Venus :D

Reporters are just becoming more stupid each day. It's pathetic really how unprofessionalism is ruling :(

Geisha
Aug 16th, 2004, 09:53 PM
Venus is an excellent leader. She's defending Chanda and practically taking the heat for their loss.

Jericho
Aug 16th, 2004, 10:13 PM
Go Venus! You tell em! ;)

Cariaoke
Aug 16th, 2004, 10:22 PM
Damn somebody got straight bitchslapped!

You go Venus and Chanda!

Petersmiler
Aug 16th, 2004, 10:27 PM
Wow, I've never seen Venus get so testy! Fantastic, I really hope this is a sign of her fighting back!

Go Venus!

RainyDays
Aug 16th, 2004, 10:33 PM
WTF YES.

Go Chanda and Venus! That was fucking OWNAGE.
Its more surprising to see it coming from Chanda as well. I figured Venus would own those rude reporters as soon as they went off about Rena. But Chanda really defended herself, Venus, and the team as much as Venus did. Go Girls!

vettipooh
Aug 16th, 2004, 11:39 PM
I am so proud of Vee!!!:bounce: I guess that was her way of saying "you have the right to remain stupid!!! Anything you say, can and will be ignored!!!!!!!":lol:

Paneru
Aug 17th, 2004, 10:54 AM
Exactly!! It's like it's Chanda's fault that they lost. To ask Venus, in front of Chanda, if she missed her sister and if that was the cause of the loss, as if Chanda doesn't matter or just a filler. I think Vee got angry because it's a diss toward Chanda more than anything.

I agree.

To disrespect Chanda like that to her face,
Venus let 'em know real quick! :worship:

Chanda even got in on the action! :rocker:

boggs570
Aug 17th, 2004, 11:08 AM
Here's the entire interview.


Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 6:50 pm Post subject: Women's Doubles : Interview with WILLIAMS (USA), RUBIN (USA)

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Women's Doubles : Interview with WILLIAMS (USA), RUBIN (USA)

ATHENS, 16 August - Comments Venus WILLIAMS (USA) and Chanda RUBIN (USA).

LI‑SUN/Rubin‑Williams 7‑5, 1‑6, 6‑3


An interview with Venus WILLIAMS (USA) and Chanda RUBIN (USA)

www.athens2004.com

THE MODERATOR: Questions.


Q. Just your explanations about what happened today, why do y'all think y'all lost this match?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I think that we'll just have to talk to our coach because we both wanted to win, but it was both of our first doubles match in a year, and this is our first time playing together. And I just think that a lot of shots that we normally would have made, we just were a little rusty.



Q. How much do you attribute unfamiliarity with one another? Did that factor into the equation at all?



CHANDA RUBIN: I think any time you play with someone for the first time, you have to get used to the person a little bit. And also the other team, they played well when they needed to.



I think both of us could have played a little bit better at key times. Speaking for myself, I definitely could have been, you know, a little bit better, especially early in the match, and, you know, towards the end.



Q. Inevitable that people are going to say, "Was Venus missing Serena?" Was that a part of the defeat?



VENUS WILLIAMS: Was that why you called me in here, to ask me that? Is that why the press conference was called, so you could ask me that?



I'm here playing for the USA. I love playing with Chanda Rubin. That's not even part of the equation.



Q. Looking on the positive side, do you think it will help with the defense of the singles gold?



VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I really don't think so, no.



Q. Not even from a physical point of view?



VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all. I love doubles.



Q. In all fairness, I don't normally cover tennis. When people ask you a question about your sister or whatever, other people allude to you being testy or anything like that, can you explain why it is so annoying to you to receive some questions like that sometimes, just out of your words as opposed to from someone else's perspective?



VENUS WILLIAMS: I tell you why it was annoying tonight, because it's really late. I just feel like we were called in here so someone could ask that question ‑ other than that, you know, normally I always get questions about my sister.



Q. I have to ask, because it was a terrific match, a great contest, could have gone either way in the final set. We're interested in the match, but we are also interested in you and your sister. You were the champions in Sydney. She's missing from the equation here. That's the difference. I think it's a valid question from our perspective, your missing your sister on the court.



CHANDA RUBIN: Not to cut you off, but, I mean, she also hasn't played in the last year doubles. Both of us, a new team, you have a number of factors. It's not just the fact that she's missing Serena.



As she said, we went out, we fought hard. You know, as you said, it was a good contest. It's really kind of a pointless question, because, of course, she's always played with Serena. But the match could have gone either way, as you said.



It was just a little bit of a difference which could have been a number of factors, and you have to take all those into account.



Q. What did you think of the crowd out there? Towards the end, there were groups chanting, "USA," others were saying, "China." Was that a good atmosphere? People talked about lack of fans out here at the tennis.



CHANDA RUBIN: Yeah, I mean, it's the Olympics. Of course, you know, people are cheering for their countries. That's what you expect. The match was close. You figure the crowd is going to get more into it. It was a very compelling match for everyone.



Q. In other sports like basketball, you see a team that feels a lot of tremendous pressure to win simply because they're American, they're expected to be dominant. Do you guys have any kind of feelings like that, playing for the United States, feeling any pressure at all because it's the Olympics, even though you're usually accustomed to competing internationally?



CHANDA RUBIN: I didn't feel any extra pressure. I wanted to win the match like I want to come out and win any match. Of course, this is the Olympics. You feel a lot more excited coming into it.



But it's still a match that I wanted to go out and win. Even if it was on a back court, I still would have wanted to win just as much.

fifiricci
Aug 17th, 2004, 11:30 AM
I wouldn't blame Chanda or Venus for going off on one, given that the interviewer is obviously an arsehole of the greatest magnitude!

esquímaux
Aug 17th, 2004, 11:41 AM
Q. In all fairness, I don't normally cover tennis. When people ask you a question about your sister or whatever, other people allude to you being testy or anything like that, can you explain why it is so annoying to you to receive some questions like that sometimes, just out of your words as opposed to from someone else's perspective?

WTF kinda question is that? :lol:

sharapovarulz1
Aug 17th, 2004, 12:07 PM
I wouldn't blame Chanda or Venus for going off on one, given that the interviewer is obviously an arsehole of the greatest magnitude!

Yeah definatly!!! :lol:

volta
Aug 17th, 2004, 12:15 PM
i never saw Vee and Chanda respond like that but i love it go VEE and Chanda don´+t take no sh!t.
WOW i hope that this is the comeback time for Vee can´t wait to see her play again

charmedRic
Aug 17th, 2004, 01:41 PM
You Go Girls!

I like this in the girls, its about time they bit back sometimes reports go to far.

Paneru
Aug 17th, 2004, 01:41 PM
i never saw Vee and Chanda respond like that but i love it go VEE and Chanda don´+t take no sh!t.
WOW i hope that this is the comeback time for Vee can´t wait to see her play again

I think it is.

Venus has become more agressive since she stepped on the courts
of Stanford and it has definitely continued building since. Now, they've
managed to piss her off! Watch out! :eek:

Experimentee
Aug 17th, 2004, 01:53 PM
Go Venus and Chanda! Too bad you lost today, but you give it to them! :D
Good luck in singles!

heartBREAKeRS
Aug 17th, 2004, 02:13 PM
Sometime U have to be BITCH when poeple ask such stupid Q.. It call defende yourselves:devil: .. hail to venus:worship: , be agreesiv is always the way:kiss:

gogo venus :hearts: :kiss: :worship:

xr6turbo
Aug 17th, 2004, 03:09 PM
I think it is.

Venus has become more agressive since she stepped on the courts
of Stanford and it has definitely continued building since. Now, they've
managed to piss her off! Watch out! :eek:

:lol: So true.... look what happened tonight!! :tape:

Dave B
Aug 17th, 2004, 03:15 PM
Sometime U have to be BITCH when poeple ask such stupid Q.. It call defende yourselves:devil: .. hail to venus:worship: , be agreesiv is always the way:kiss:

gogo venus :hearts: :kiss: :worship:

Its a very rude question, but stupid? I dunno, maybe the reporter wanted that reaction so s/he could write about it. Then the question was effective, although still very rude. Regardless, I like Venus' reaction! Good job defending yourself and Chanda.

"Topaz"
Aug 17th, 2004, 03:28 PM
The reporter did feel the heat and even tried to involve others ...to no avail.

In all fairness, I don't normally cover tennis. When people ask you a question about your sister or whatever, other people allude to you being testy or anything like that, can you explain why... ? Huh!

Way to go, Vee! And kudos to Chanda!