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boggs570
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:08 PM
Does anyone know where I can find it. I know everyone will be clicking on this post thinking it is her interview.....sorry i didn't mean to make you look.

Sofiane
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:11 PM
Women's Singles : Interview with Venus WILLIAMS (USA)

August 18, 2004
ATHENS 2004 Olympic Tennis Tournament


M. PIERCE/V. Williams



6‑4, 6‑4



An interview with:



VENUS WILLIAMS





THE MODERATOR: Questions for Venus.



Q. Kind of give your overall sense of what happened, how you're feeling now.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I think she played well and served well and played some good points at the right time.



Q. Can you just talk about how tough it is not winning a medal, after what happened in Sydney where you were able to win one? How tough is it?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Obviously, I would have liked to have done better and even win the event.

But, you know, now I just have to learn from, you know, my mistakes.



Q. You have played Mary a lot over your career. Was playing in this atmosphere different, the Olympic atmosphere? Is playing in this atmosphere different?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's different, because there's a lot of fans behind me.



Q. What memories will you go back with from these Games? Any positive things?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Sure, just being part of the experience is great. Obviously, to qualify to play the Olympics is wonderful. Hope to do it again in my lifetime.



Q. When Serena announced she wasn't going to come right beforehand, we all know what fun you had in Sydney, was that any kind of letdown, her bowing out right before the Games?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, it's over a week ago. In sports, that's ages ago.



Q. In the overall Olympic experience.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, obviously it was different. But it wasn't a factor at all.



Q. Will you head over to New York soon, or are you going to stay around, collect a few more pins?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I'm not going to stay around. Probably not.



Q. Chanda lost, you lost. Any thoughts about having one day like that? Yesterday you set a record with a great performance. Today is another day.

VENUS WILLIAMS: That's sports. You have to play well and play well every day pretty much.



Q. In retrospect, was yesterday's win not the right thing for going into a tight one against Mary?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Definitely, it was the right thing. I have to try to win every game, no matter who I'm playing.



Q. Can you say a word about Martina Navratilova. She's 47, playing in the Olympics. She won her first match.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, she's my teammate. I hope she brings home the gold.



Q. How amazing is it, though, at 47, the way she's still out there?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It's record‑breaking.



Q. Can you for the record say what this Olympic experience was like for you, meeting the other athletes from all these different countries, and whether it was worthwhile in such a busy schedule?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Absolutely worthwhile. I've had a great career so far. I'm going to add more experiences like this to my career. This is the epitome of athletics.



Q. And life in the village, meeting the other athletes?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Meeting all the other athletes, it's great. More than anything you can see how focused everyone is on participating in their event.



Q. You've been out recently for several months, just like Justine. She's now coming back. What can we expect from her do you think? What are the dangers?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think the best thing to do is to ask Justine.



Q. Are you a hundred percent healthy?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm feeling well, thank you. Feeling well.



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Sofiane
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:12 PM
:)

tennisiscool
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:14 PM
Q. Are you a hundred percent healthy?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm feeling well, thank you. Feeling well.



So she was healthy :)

Cam'ron Giles
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:15 PM
Bullshit...she is pissed and she should be...Get a coach silly girl...:rolleyes:

GoDominique
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:21 PM
Very communicative. :tape:

Martian Willow
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:23 PM
Q. How amazing is it, though, at 47, the way she's still out there?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It's record‑breaking.

...Nav is making history... :)

tennisiscool
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:25 PM
...Nav is making history... :)
:worship: :tape:

boggs570
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:28 PM
So she was healthy :)

She said she was feeling well she did not say she was a 100% healthy. I could feel well buy still not health.

jbone_0307
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:39 PM
Her recent performances from the past year, have influenced me not to buy their book. Hell, I dont want to be injured and DF all the time, and netting forehands :lol:

Venus Forever
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:48 PM
Wow, that was the stupidest interview ever.

Not because of Venus' answers, but of the questions.

Did anyone even ask her about the match at all?? What, one question??

Helen Lawson
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:48 PM
Those, to me, are really curt, short answers, like she's really pissed off. Maybe she ought to get pissed off. You know, when I lost to Magnani in '56, that's when I got REALLY mad at the Oscar shit and buckled down to finally win. Venus will have to lose to a woman with a moustache, or the equivalent, and then maybe she can turn it around like I did.

The problem is, she hasn't lost to anyone truly horrible yet. No loss I can think of this year was "bad" in that each was to a quality player. She's losing to Meryl Streeps and Sally Fieldses and even Geraldine Pages.

When she loses to tennis' version of Anna Magnani, a Lousie Fletcher, or even a Norma Shearer, on a big stage, then she'll be back to her winning ways.

CJ07
Aug 18th, 2004, 08:49 PM
She was very succinct in her responses. That usually mean she's pissed.

Lets hope she can make something happen in NY!!!

Pureracket
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:26 PM
Her recent performances from the past year, have influenced me not to buy their book. Hell, I dont want to be injured and DF all the time, and netting forehands :lol:Your comma placement makes me wonder if you would even be able to read their book.:lol:

jbone_0307
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:43 PM
Since when did a misplaced comma have anything to do with comprehending words:lol:

Pureracket
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:51 PM
Since when did a misplaced comma have anything to do with comprehending words:lol:You don't have to simply understand words. You have to understand sentences as well. Comma misplacements probably make you unable to accomplish this. I think you're being silly on purpose.:lol:

Sanneriet
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:54 PM
VENUS WILLIAMS






VENUS WILLIAMS: Obviously, I would have liked to have done better and even win the event.

But, you know, now I just have to learn from, you know, my mistakes.






[/QUOTE]She has said something similar after each unexpected loss this year. I wonder what SHE thinks she needs to do.

jbone_0307
Aug 18th, 2004, 09:56 PM
You don't have to simply understand words. You have to understand sentences as well. Comma misplacements probably make you unable to accomplish this. I think you're being silly on purpose.:lol:


Well I understand sentences and can surely understand that Venus forehand sucks.

Sanneriet
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:00 PM
Williams, Roddick dropped in third-round play

By David DuPree, USA TODAY
ATHENS — The USA's top tennis players, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams, considered gold medal contenders, Wednesday were ousted in the third round in straight sets.
http://*********************/_common/_images/clear.gifhttp://*********************/sports/_photos/2004/08/18/inside2-tennis-williams.jpghttp://*********************/_common/_images/clear.gifSixth-seeded Venus Williams reacts after a service fault late in her unsuccessful third round match.http://*********************/_common/_images/clear.gifBy Elise Amendola, AP

Second-seeded Roddick appeared to be on a easy road to the gold, especially after top-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland was ousted on Tuesday. But Roddick proved to be no match for Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, falling 6-4, 6-4.

Roddick, whose game is built around his serve, had 13 aces, but he was broken once in each set and never broke Gonzalez, the 16th seed.

"I'm gutted right now. It's not everyday we get to play in the Olympics," a dejected Roddick said. "You can't say 'next year.' It's tough to lose, but that's part of it. It was still a great experience."

Williams also had trouble with her serve in losing to unseeded Mary Pierce of France, 6-4, 6-4.

Williams had her normally reliable serve broken twice in each set and committed 51 unforced errors. She never got in a groove and played from behind in practically every game against the very patient Pierce.

At 4-4 in the second set, Williams had a break point against Pierce, but wasted it with a backhand into the net, lost the next point with a forehand wide and then lost the game with another backhand error. The poised Pierce then broke Williams to win the match. Williams double-faulted on match point.

Williams was not very talkative afterwards as she was in near tears. She felt she had a good chance to win her second singles gold medal. She won gold in both singles and doubles, with her sister Serena, at the 2000 Olympics. Serena pulled out of the Athens Games at the last minute with a knee injury. That left Williams to play doubles with Chanda Rubin. It was the first time they played together and they lost in the first round.

"Obviously I would have liked to have won the title," Williams said after her match with Pierce. "But all I can do now is learn from my mistakes. It was definitely worthwhile to come here, it just didn't end the way I had hoped it would."

Coming off a 6-0, 6-0, 39-minute romp Tuesday against Maja Matevzic, Williams was starting to look like the player to beat in the women's draw. That was all changed by the unseeded Pierce, who is ranked 28th in the world.

Pierce never got rattled and buckled down on the big points, mixing in timely drop shots with blistering down the line forehands that had Williams off balance.

"She served well and she played some good points at the right times," Williams said.

Next up for the professional tennis players is the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 30 in New York. But that wasn't what was on Roddick's mind. He said he wanted to win an Olympic gold medal just as much as he wants to win grand slams.

"This is tough," he said. "I think with each player it's personal as to how big it is. Some guys don't really care that much. I cared a lot. Winning a gold medal at the Olympics isn't the biggest thing in our sport, but it's the biggest thing in sports."

charmedRic
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:01 PM
Bullshit...she is pissed and she should be...Get a coach silly girl...:rolleyes:
Hahahaha you tell her boi ;)

jbone_0307
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:04 PM
To think of it, I dont think I would want to carry Venus' bags because she wouldn't be at the tournament that long, which could affect my paycheck. I think I am going to pull my application.

treufreund
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:04 PM
what's the big deal??? Venus is not at the top of the game anymore. I am not saying she cannot get back there but she has a lot to do and the other girls are just getting better and better all the time. Honestly, by now, the reaction to her losses should be pretty hum-ho. And, well, that is sad. :(

darrinbaker00
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:04 PM
VENUS WILLIAMS






VENUS WILLIAMS: Obviously, I would have liked to have done better and even win the event.

But, you know, now I just have to learn from, you know, my mistakes.
Memo to Venus: Quit, you know, listening to Jennifer Capriati's, you know, press conferences. ;)

jbone_0307
Aug 18th, 2004, 10:22 PM
Im watching the beginning of the 2nd set, and Venus is playing great and very agressive.