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LindsayRocks89
Mar 26th, 2005, 01:59 AM
V. WILLIAMS/A. Groenefeld
6-2, 6-0
An interview with:


VENUS WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR: First question for Venus, please.

Q. I'm convinced that after some of these quick matches maybe you have a date or something, you just blow through some of these matches. What's going on?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I would say that was probably one of my best matches of the year. I was saying earlier the other day, this week, that I'm definitely getting a better rhythm with my whole game, so that's what counts.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about Fed Cup. Have you been approached?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I've definitely been approached. I love Zina, I love Billie. I love playing Fed Cup. I love the atmosphere, to be honest, the atmosphere of learning. I definitely would like to play but I'm still talking to Zina and everyone at the USTA.

Q. Are you going to wait till the end of the month?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Obviously, I'd love to play, but I also need to make sure I'm healthy. I just came off an injury, and I'm entered in Amelia Island and Charleston. That will be the fourth week in a row for me.

Obviously, I'm eager to play. I just need to see how I feel.

Q. Do you sense the way the other players turn up their game to try to keep up with you and Serena?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Sure. I guess if I was playing someone who was top‑ranked and had a decent reputation, I think I'd try to turn it up, too.

Q. You said that today was your best match of the year. What did you do specifically right that you're happy with?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Just the little things, the attitude thing. I'm definitely leaning on the ball, have better racquet speed, just better. It's taken me a couple times to get to this point, but I'm just building on each event.

Q. One more on Fed Cup, then I'll stop. Singles/doubles, how would that work?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, I think normally how it works is normally by ranking ‑ normally.

Q. So that might put you in doubles?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. That could be, if I'm on the team. I'm definitely a pretty good backup player (laughing).

I think, obviously, to have another Fed Cup title for the US is definitely a goal.

Q. Gauging off of today's play, do you think you can swing it on through to the championship?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I would like to. I would like to. I want to build ‑‑ I didn't get to hit a lot of balls today. I did hit some good shots and some forceable shots, but I would have liked probably to have hit a few more balls. It is what it is, and I'm in the third round.

Q. Your opponent today was 19. When you were that age, you probably won this event a few times, getting ready to go into your Grand Slam run. Do you look back now and think of all the things you have achieved at a young age? Does it amaze you now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: At the time I was just always thinking how I could get better and just I never thought I was that good, I always wanted to be better. Now, looking back, I see I was okay.

But still I'm in the same thing, "I've got to get better, I'm not that good." So I guess I'm my worst critic.

But at the time, that's what I was thinking was, "Gosh, I have to do better."


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Venus :hearts:

Knizzle
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:11 AM
Venus says it herself that she's not that good. Is everyone happy??

icequeen
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:18 AM
Venus says it herself that she's not that good. Is everyone happy??

I think she was talking about when she was 19.

Knizzle
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:21 AM
I think she was talking about when she was 19.

Then she goes on to say...

But still I'm in the same thing, "I've got to get better, I'm not that good." So I guess I'm my worst critic.

mykarma
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:25 AM
I think she was talking about when she was 19.I don't know she said "But still I'm in the same thing, "I've got to get better, I'm not that good." So I guess I'm my worst critic."

icequeen
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:31 AM
I don't know about Venus sometimes she talks in riddles.

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:35 AM
I'm definitely a pretty good backup player (laughing).

LOL Venus. ;)

icequeen
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:45 AM
I'm definitely a pretty good backup player (laughing).

LOL Venus. ;)

Vee is using reverse psycology.

cartmancop
Mar 26th, 2005, 02:52 AM
I hope she plays Fed Cup! With Lindsay, Serena, & Venus, the U.S. will have a great shot to win it this year.

VeNuS#1LoVa
Mar 26th, 2005, 04:19 AM
Gosh I love that girl...

Stay healthy and positive Venus, you have too much game for it not to come...

:angel:

lucashg
Mar 26th, 2005, 05:16 AM
I'm definitely a pretty good backup player (laughing).

:lol: I think her star will rise again, just wait and see. I liked this interview and I think that the US has a great shot at this year's Fed Cup. I don't think the russians (even with Sharapova) have the game to beat Davenport and Serena. Not even the Williams double. And since Justine nor Kim are playing for Belgium, I don't see any other threats to the USA Team.

deja_entendu
Mar 26th, 2005, 06:50 AM
If those statistics are of Venus' best match this year, it shows exactly her problem. She is far, far too scattergun, and that doesn't cut it these days. It's not a pretty game she plays.

DEETHELICK
Mar 26th, 2005, 09:53 AM
Nice interview. Hoping for an Elena D vs Venus final. :)

Tennisaddict
Mar 26th, 2005, 11:20 AM
Well said by Venus I like her realistic approach and modesty :p.

volta
Mar 26th, 2005, 12:49 PM
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. That could be, if I'm on the team. I'm definitely a pretty good backup player (laughing).


:lol:

Paneru
Mar 26th, 2005, 01:03 PM
If those statistics are of Venus' best match this year, it shows exactly her problem. She is far, far too scattergun, and that doesn't cut it these days. It's not a pretty game she plays.

Which is?

She felt that this was one of her best macthes
so far as just getting better rhythm in her whole game.

There is nothing wrong or
problematic in that.

BTW, I see not guidlines that say one
has to play a pretty game to cut it.


Back on topic,
Nice interview.

petey_pan
Mar 26th, 2005, 04:46 PM
Venus :kiss: :kiss: plz win if alicia loses to masha!

thelittlestelf
Mar 26th, 2005, 04:56 PM
If those statistics are of Venus' best match this year, it shows exactly her problem. She is far, far too scattergun, and that doesn't cut it these days. It's not a pretty game she plays.She didn't face a break point and her opponent didn't even get to DEUCE on her serve. She also didn't give away ONE winner.

Her winner error ratio isn't great, but those stats are impressive to say the least.