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Infiniti2001
Sep 5th, 2004, 03:55 PM
V. WILLIAMS/C. Rubin

7-6, 6-3

An interview with:

VENUS WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You sounded very emotional on court, talking about this win. Feeling over the injuries?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Not necessarily about over the injuries, but, I mean, I'm just now starting to get healthy. But it's more about, you know, the decisions that I've made this year. A lot of times I played injured and played when I wasn't prepared to play, so I put myself in situations where I was in a comprising position, where I wasn't in a position to play well, win matches or be very forceful. And that hurt my game a lot. It put me back. And I really truly believe that I could be a lot further now if I would have just stayed home, gotten better, no matter how long it took, then came out when I was ready. So today was really the first day that I started to feel like a lot more like I did before all the injuries and what have you. Even the first two rounds, I hadn't felt like that. So it was good. This was a very good match for me. I'm glad that she came out and played me so hard; I needed that.

Q. Those times when you shouldn't have played, did that include both the French and the Olympics?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know I had to play the Olympics, come on, whether I was well or not... But definitely the French. I mean, two weeks before the event, I had terrible, terrible ankle sprain. I really wasn't prepared. I was not fit. It's a terrible thing. I mean, I'm, you know, former No. 1, Grand Slam champion, I'm Venus Williams. People come out there and they start to think they can win because I'm not on top. I mean, they know that I'm not on top. If I'm playing my best, if I'm playing well, normally I'm going to be in the winner's circle. So I need to give myself the opportunity to prepare and, you know, starting to feel good.

Q. But with the wrist injury in LA...

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.

Q. You said you had to play the Olympics.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Because it's the Olympics, yes.

Q. You're saying you still did not play 100 percent?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Absolutely not. I mean, Mary Pierce is a great player, but I just feel like normally I'd win that match. It's just the injuries have really, really -- they just hurt my results. Of course I had to play the Olympics, yeah.

Q. So in the first two rounds you said you felt the wrist. You said you didn't feel yourself the first two matches. What was that feeling?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, my wrist is feeling fine. It's just about just the whole combination of playing well, mentally being there, having your game there. And, yeah, okay, I'm still missing a few shots, but even when I'm at my best, I miss a few shots and I go for broke. And it's starting to get back there. Today was good. I mean, she played unbelievable. She really did. And, you know, I felt even in that second set, it just probably should have been more like 6-0, because I gave away some games. But that was okay because I was starting to flow... flowing.

Q. You're very likely going to have to completely flow in the next round, because Lindsay is on a huge roll and she's won like 21 matches in a row.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Uh-hmm.

Q. This match tonight, did you feel like you can get to the level where you need to be to be able to challenge her?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes, that was a very good preparation for me today. I'm looking forward to the match. I feel like I'm returning a lot better. Even in that second-round match when the girl hit 115, I was returning better when the ball was faster. So I just feel like I'm returning a lot better than what I was in the summer. My game's better. I'm moving better. I'm not rushing as much. I'm starting to play well.

Q. Tracy Austin has been on more than one occasion, when she's done your matches, she's sort of criticized the coaching, saying you need possibly a coach to work with your forehand, said maybe your parents aren't, you know, have never played professionally, whatever. Is that a strange criticism? After all, you know, your parents did to get you to this level.

VENUS WILLIAMS: There will always be opinions. That's all I have to say.

Q. There had been a lot of talk over the last year or so that the aura of the Williams sisters, who were dominant for so long, had an advantage when they stepped on court against some opponents who were afraid to play or didn't think they would have a chance. It sounds though, tonight, a little bit like what you're saying is in your own mind, you didn't feel like you were where you could be, and now maybe you're starting to get some of that feeling back.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I was not prepared at events, basically is what I'm trying to say. I was not prepared, but I came anyway. And I was better off to skip those events. The truth of the matter is that in the past year, both myself and Serena, we have not been healthy. When you look at the players playing, they're trying to play like us, they're trying to do what we do. You know, they're trying to see what we do and what we'll come up with next. If we're healthy, and we're going toe-to-toe, it's going to be a good match no matter who we're playing.

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Infiniti2001
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:03 PM
Q. Tracy Austin has been on more than one occasion, when she's done your matches, she's sort of criticized the coaching, saying you need possibly a coach to work with your forehand, said maybe your parents aren't, you know, have never played professionally, whatever. Is that a strange criticism? After all, you know, your parents did to get you to this level.

VENUS WILLIAMS: There will always be opinions. That's all I have to say.

My girl :bounce: :kiss: :hearts: :woohoo: :yippee: :nerner: :hatoff:

geoepee
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:11 PM
Thanks for posting this interview, I was looking for it.

CC
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:12 PM
Ready to instill fear again!

Pureracket
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:24 PM
I'm glad somebody let her know what Tracy has been saying behind her back. .. .lol

lizchris
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:31 PM
I'm glad somebody let her know what Tracy has been saying behind her back. .. .lol

I'm glad too.

Someone needs to remind Tracy that with all of her professional coaching, she only has two Grand Slams and that Venus has twice as many.

Joana
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:35 PM
I'm glad too.

Someone needs to remind Tracy that with all of her professional coaching, she only has two Grand Slams and that Venus has twice as many.
Someone needs to inform you about Tracy's career. :kiss:

Jericho
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:38 PM
Q. Tracy Austin has been on more than one occasion, when she's done your matches, she's sort of criticized the coaching, saying you need possibly a coach to work with your forehand, said maybe your parents aren't, you know, have never played professionally, whatever. Is that a strange criticism? After all, you know, your parents did to get you to this level.

VENUS WILLIAMS: There will always be opinions. That's all I have to say.
that's Venus' way of saying...screw the b*tch ;)

UDiTY
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:43 PM
Yeah, Tracy did seem a little edgy towards Venus. Her and Tim kept mentioning how she was "self-conscious" about her dress and kept pulling on it, and how she shouldn't wear it if she thought about it soo much.

They were being kinda harsh, I wonder what Vee's take on that woulda been.

:p

lizchris
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:44 PM
Someone needs to inform you about Tracy's career. :kiss:
I am very well aware of her career and that it was shortned due to injury. But the facts are the facts and she only had two Grand Slam singles titles and Venus has more.

Pureracket
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:46 PM
Well, in fairness to Tracey and Tim, Venus ALWAYS pulls on her dress.... LOL. I think that that little incident in the AUSSIE(=) a few years back where her breasts almost fell out kinda got to her. Whatever the case, Venus has a SERIOUS Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to the dress. She may very well need to just wear a t-shirt. . .lol

tennisIlove09
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:50 PM
She's awesome. I love her.

DUNEMAN
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:51 PM
VENUS WILLIAMS: There will always be opinions. That's all I have to say.

My girl :bounce: :kiss: :hearts: :woohoo: :yippee: :nerner: :hatoff: :wavey: They are always trying to trap the Queen, when will they "Recognize"?Goooooooooooo Vee :hearts: :kiss: :p

jean_genie
Sep 5th, 2004, 04:55 PM
Well, in fairness to Tracey and Tim, Venus ALWAYS pulls on her dress.... LOL. I think that that little incident in the AUSSIE(=) a few years back where her breasts almost fell out kinda got to her. Whatever the case, Venus has a SERIOUS Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to the dress. She may very well need to just wear a t-shirt. . .lol
:haha: :haha: :haha:

V-MAC
Sep 5th, 2004, 07:08 PM
Well, in fairness to Tracey and Tim, Venus ALWAYS pulls on her dress.... LOL. I think that that little incident in the AUSSIE(=) a few years back where her breasts almost fell out kinda got to her. Whatever the case, Venus has a SERIOUS Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to the dress. She may very well need to just wear a t-shirt. . .lol

:lol: lol yeah it's so true. It's just strictly a Venus thing though,we're all well used to seeing it by now ;)

tennisiscool
Sep 5th, 2004, 07:11 PM
This is what she said at the olympics.





Q. Are you a hundred percent healthy? VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm feeling well, thank you


Hopefully this time she will stick to the "I am healthy" line in case she loses to Lindsay on Monday :)

SJW
Sep 5th, 2004, 07:15 PM
I'm glad somebody let her know what Tracy has been saying behind her back. .. .lol

i'd love to see them meet in a dark alley one night LOL...Tracy would be shittin herself...

re. Venus' dress, yea it's a habit, everyone has them, it's just funny that everyone is so interested in Venus' habit.

VW#1
Sep 5th, 2004, 07:54 PM
This is what she said at the olympics.




Hopefully this time she will stick to the "I am healthy" line in case she loses to Lindsay on Monday :)



You really think Venus or any player for that matter is going to say well my knee hurts a lot so when someone runs me around it's really going to hurt. Of course not, that would be giving their opponent and advantage.

tennisiscool
Sep 5th, 2004, 07:56 PM
You really think Venus or any player for that matter is going to say well my knee hurts a lot so when someone runs me around it's really going to hurt. Of course not, that would be giving their opponent and advantage.
That was after she had lost :)

Kabezya
Sep 5th, 2004, 08:00 PM
Great interview as always.

Kart
Sep 5th, 2004, 08:05 PM
Thanks for the interview Infiniti :kiss:.

Venus is :hearts: as usual.

jean_genie
Sep 5th, 2004, 10:33 PM
i'd love to see them meet in a dark alley one night LOL...Tracy would be shittin herself...

re. Venus' dress, yea it's a habit, everyone has them, it's just funny that everyone is so interested in Venus' habit.
Yeah, I think Venus' answer to that question was code for "that b*tch better watch her mouth or else I'll be waiting outside for her with a coke bottle and a stocking cap.":tape: :eek: :haha: :angel:

cool bird
Sep 5th, 2004, 10:42 PM
Well I have to say that I am very plaesed that Venus feels like she played somewhere near her best. But I have to say that watching the match Venus standards have droped some.

Tracey I think has said nothing that is not the truth. Venus game is flawed she made something like 22 ufe off her forehand side and only 4 or 5 winners. Stats dont lie if Venus still wants to wear the rose coloured glasses good for her. while player are surpassing her on the way to top the top of the game im sure Venus will be quite happy in knowlage that her old game is getting back together

Bright Red
Sep 5th, 2004, 11:19 PM
Thanks for posting, Infiniti! :bounce: :bounce:

Paneru
Sep 5th, 2004, 11:39 PM
Well I have to say that I am very plaesed that Venus feels like she played somewhere near her best. But I have to say that watching the match Venus standards have droped some.

Tracey I think has said nothing that is not the truth. Venus game is flawed she made something like 22 ufe off her forehand side and only 4 or 5 winners. Stats dont lie if Venus still wants to wear the rose coloured glasses good for her. while player are surpassing her on the way to top the top of the game im sure Venus will be quite happy in knowlage that her old game is getting back together

As Venus said, everyone has an opinion! :cool:

Venus knows her body and how she feels!
People can give armchair critiques all they want
but, it's not them out there.

They've no clue as to what's been going on in her life
and how it's affected her, only she knows that.

Besides, funny that you praise Tracy as just telling the truth
and say Venus has on her rose colored glasses, when you failed
to acknowledge that Tracy herself said that people inside the WTA
say that Venus has been working very hard on her game.

Say all that you will but, her health has hindered her and
now that she's finally feeling healthy she can go at all of her
game full force and continue her work. :)

You've not heard that last of Venus Williams!

ico4498
Sep 6th, 2004, 12:46 AM
Vee!

Foot_Fault
Sep 6th, 2004, 01:11 AM
Haters!

VW#1
Sep 6th, 2004, 04:27 AM
That was after she had lost :)


my point is that athletes generally are never going to give up that kind of info even if it is true. I know you know that.