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CC
May 5th, 2002, 05:05 PM
Press Conference with VENUS WILLIAMS

Clijsters versus Williams 1:6 6:3 6:4


Q: You played her just once. What would you say was the difference today?

A: I think she definitely played a lot better today than last time, but I expect all players to play better every time. She made a lot of great improvements, but she has a great base to build on.



Q: You had a quick great start.

A: I think I hit a lot of great shots in the beginning and itís difficult to always keep hitting those kind of shots. She played consistent tennis, kept the ball in play and I think most of the time I was going for my shots. They didnít always go in.



Q: What went through your mind in the third set when you lost your serve? You seemed to loose your rhythm completely.

A: Yes, I think I was rushing too much to be honest, so I had to slow myself down, but time started to go a little faster against me. I think thatís what happened.



Q: I know you wonít want to take away the credit from your oponent, but were you comfortable with your movement?

A: It was O.K. Iím sure glad to have the next week off to go home and take a break. But, I think she played well.



Q: Do you find it more demanding on clay, physically?

A: For sure, you have to play longer points. Physically you need to be in good shape, but other than that, if you can hit a few balls, itís to your advantage.



Q: Before the tournament it was said that the only player who actually could beat you were yoursel. So, what happened today?

A: I definitely think she played great tennis. She served well and moved well and was determined. I guess thatís what counted in the end.



Q: You said she had a great base to build from. What did you mean by that in detail?

A: Just sometimes itís difficult to build on a game if you have bad techniques from the very beginning from the core. And I think she has good techniques, so you can always do better with those kind of techniques.



Q: Is she a threat of getting to the No. 1 position?

A: I donít know. I can answer for the next person. I guess she could.



Q: How good is she at the moment?

A: I think she is a very good player, for sure. Sheís only 18 or so. When I was 18, I was having fun (laughs).



Q: Can you win a Grand Slam on clay?

A: I think so. I think I have to play better than what I did today and serve a lot better. My first serve was sitting so low, it was hard to move on the second serve. I think thatís a lot of what did me in today. I was having to hit second serves. So, Iím going home to work on that. But other than that, Iím o.k. It will work out. Itíll be o.k.



Q: Would you agree that the competitiveness in womenís tennis is very strong at the moment?

A: There are definitely a lot of great players on the tour. It makes it interesting.



Q: When you go home, how much time do you think you will spend resting and how much will you spend for homework?

A: I just take a day to rest and go back at it again.

Q: That doesnít seem a lot?

A: Well, itís all I need.



Q: Are you still planning to come back next year and bring some sun back?

A: Yes, Iím hoping to come back and Iíll try and bring a little sun from Miami.



Q: Am I right that exactly this time last year you went back home, and came back for the French, but Serena is staying? Why do you think differently on your schedules?

A: I have to go back. I have something to do. Itís something I have to do, otherwise Iíd probably stay and play next week.



Q: Itís not to do with your tennis, but with your other commitments?

A: Yes, for sure.


(I didn't find Kim's press conference yet).

gentenaire
May 5th, 2002, 05:15 PM
Playing so many finals against Justine has rubbed off on Venus, for sure;)

Thanks for posting the interview.

CC
May 5th, 2002, 05:19 PM
Yeah, I noticed that too. For sure.:D
(You're welcome).

treufreund
May 5th, 2002, 05:24 PM
Fo sho! Nice interview from VENUS :)

LucasArg
May 5th, 2002, 05:31 PM
Very nice interview:D I love when Venus talks like this:kiss:

She is a great champion:kiss:

harloo
May 5th, 2002, 05:38 PM
Great interview Vee! You will have to get her next time around!

Pureracket
May 5th, 2002, 05:50 PM
This exchange makes me feel better:


Q: Can you win a Grand Slam on clay?

A: I think so. I think I have to play better than what I did today and serve a lot better. My first serve was sitting so low, it was hard to move on the second serve. I think thatís a lot of what did me in today. I was having to hit second serves. So, Iím going home to work on that. But other than that, Iím o.k. It will work out. Itíll be o.k.



She seems relaxed and determined to improve. Kim is always going to be tough to beat.

QueenO
May 5th, 2002, 06:05 PM
Champion "fer sure" :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :hearts:

Infiniti2001
May 5th, 2002, 06:10 PM
Clocker , this question and response especially caught my attention as well... Venus always has the right answers... The fact that she recognizes what she needs to work on speak wonders... She considers herself a performer , so it's so great to see that she mostly places her concentration on honing her skills. Great interview as always :P

Kart
May 5th, 2002, 06:16 PM
Originally posted by CC

Q: Before the tournament it was said that the only player who actually could beat you were yoursel. So, what happened today?

A: I definitely think she played great tennis. She served well and moved well and was determined. I guess thatís what counted in the end.


Wise answer to an awkward question.

Congratulations to Kim and Venus :).

arn
May 5th, 2002, 07:14 PM
ThanX for the interview. She doesn't seem too much dissappointed :)

villa
May 5th, 2002, 07:41 PM
great interview venus:)
I think venus need a defeat, things were getting all too easy for her, she needs a bit of a wake before the french to realise that aspects of her clay court game need to be improved and that it isn't going to be walse picking that thropie up.

irma
May 5th, 2002, 07:43 PM
thumbs up for Venus, a true champ :cool:

TeeRexx
May 5th, 2002, 07:52 PM
Even though she keeps hairy rats as pets. :eek: ;)

persond
May 5th, 2002, 08:40 PM
Venus and Serena are "natural born" interviewees!!! They are quite simply the best at avoiding the "pitfalls" and "entrapments" in those post match conferences. My hat's off to them, and most likely their parents, for a job well done.

Congrats to Kim for the win, and to Venus for the CHAMPION that she is. A "few other former No. 1s" could take a lesson from the both of them.

Goooooo VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEnus!:bounce: :bounce:


Win Roland Garros!:wavey: :wavey: :hearts: :hearts: :kiss: :kiss:

Williams Rulez
May 6th, 2002, 11:42 AM
Oooo... lovely interviews!! :hearts: :hearts: