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Bright Red
May 8th, 2002, 03:54 PM
Serena Williams - Barbara Schett 6:3, 6:2

Question (Q): How would you asess that match?
Williams: Both of us could have played better. My mum was a little disappointed.

Q: You were making some good returns today.
Willimas: Me? Not me, not today.

Q: It doesn't matter what surface you play on. When you hit the ball it stays hit. Does this concince you that you can win a clay court title?
Williams: I think the moment I get on clay my mind changes. Normally, I try and hit winners, but on clay I move the ball around more, I start to add more spin and don't go for so many winners.

Q:-
Williams: I am going to asess my match tonight. I will have to play better tomorrow, but with every round it gets better. However, I was surprised that I had to play such a tough match in my first round. A score which is 6:4, 6:3 could have been 6:1, 6:0. I like to win my matches quickly because otherwise I wear myself out too much.

Q: Is that important?
Williams: I think it is important for others.

Q: Do you work on the amount of unforced errors? Do you talk about that?
Williams: Yes, I do. Also today it was so bright out there. The last days have been gloomy and dull, but today it was really bright.

Q: Do you prefer it this way?
Williams: Yes, when it is too cold my cheeks begin to freeze.

Q: Do you find it easier to adjust to European clay?
Williams: I guess so. I had an easy time adjusting last year. I really felt good on clay.

Q: We know you and Venus are close, but did beating her for the first time free something within yourself?
Williams: Actually, it was the second time I beat her. At that time it wasn't that important because I had another match to play the next day. But we are going to play each other so many other times at Wimbledon, Roland Garros etc. At all the important matches we are going to play each other.

Q: But did it particularly free you to win agains other oponents?
Williams: No, I don't think so.

Q: I think you are talking about Key Biscayne. It looked very easy, much easier than the final.
Williams: I had a plan and I felt so much mental energy during that match that I was completely worn out. I felt mental fatigue. With the match against Venus, I was so much mentally involved.

Q: Did winning that title strenghten your self-belief or do you need bigger titles?
Williams: I never struggled with low self esteem

Q: Do you think you are one of the forerunners for the French Open?
Williams: Definitely. Without any doubt.

Q: Venus said she was going back home to get some rest. Are you staying?
Williams: Yes, I am staying. I am going to Rome.

RAA
May 8th, 2002, 04:12 PM
"Q: Do you prefer it this way?
Williams: Yes, when it is too cold my cheeks begin to freeze. "

LOL!!!

:D

TSequoia01
May 8th, 2002, 04:12 PM
Lookout WTA here comes the fantastic, dynamic, and awesome Serena Williams.......woe to the WTA! :cool:

irma
May 8th, 2002, 04:38 PM
Williams: I never struggled with low self esteem

that's the spirit!
Go Serena!:cool:

Infiniti2001
May 8th, 2002, 04:45 PM
I like the kid, but sometimes I so want to give her a swift kick. I mean, she defeated a tough opponent yet she is disappointed and surprised that she had to play such a tough first match??? Earth to Serena you're playing on clay :P

vw43
May 8th, 2002, 04:59 PM
Congratulations to Serena. She seems to be in the right mindset. I'm looking forward to some good stuff from her this tourney. :bounce: :bounce:

Fuji
May 8th, 2002, 05:00 PM
"A score which is 6:4. 6:3 could have been 6:1.6:0"

That just explains Serena's unpolularity among wta players.

mn73
May 8th, 2002, 05:07 PM
Is Venus skipping Rome then do you think?

sartrista7
May 8th, 2002, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by Infiniti2001
I like the kid, but sometimes I so want to give her a swift kick. I mean, she defeated a tough opponent yet she is disappointed and surprised that she had to play such a tough first match??? Earth to Serena you're playing on clay :P

My thoughts exactly. I doubt Serena could ever beat Schett 1 and 0 on clay, and she should be pleased she beat her so convincingly today. It's very impressive and it looks like she's taken some lessons from the Schnyder match.

Pureracket
May 8th, 2002, 09:32 PM
Maybe we should remember that these interviews are translation, and they focus on grammar.

Serena saying that she was surprised that she had such a tough match could very well mean tough "opponent" in some forms of translation.

Volcana
May 8th, 2002, 09:39 PM
When you listen to the Williams sisters describe their own play, it's good to remain aware they measure themselves against perfection. If Serena had had NO unforced errors, wouldn't she have won 6-1, 6-0 or something?

Look at the 2nd question

: You were making some good returns today.
Williams: Me? Not me, not today.

She is what she is. I really WOULD like her to come out with "Do you want me to serve first, or should I break you." I know it's Martina's line, but you have to admit it's something Serena might think, even if she wouldn't say it.

CC
May 8th, 2002, 10:33 PM
Guys, when she says tough first match she means tough opponent first RD.

A4
May 8th, 2002, 10:44 PM
Exactly, CC. I honestly don't see whats wrong with Serena saying she's surprised her opponent was so tough in the first round more so since she'd usually been having relatively easy first round play (6-0, 6-1). I really don't see any arrogance here. Give her a break!

Cam'ron Giles
May 8th, 2002, 11:57 PM
You people make me sick. What the fu@k do you want her to do? "Oh Babsi, I am so sorry for beating you, it was a mistake please forgive me, please Ms. Schett, dont whupp me, please dont let massah whupp me". GIVE THE GIRL A FU@king break...:fiery:

Cam'ron Giles
May 8th, 2002, 11:59 PM
And for some of you "Williams fans" I see right through you. That same slave mantality. Say whatever is needed to passify the massah :rolleyes: . Get a fu@king back bone and stand up to these people who will forever have something bad to say about the Sisters. Who cares what they think.:fiery:

Rubylips
May 9th, 2002, 12:04 AM
True Dat freethinker82,You always want to do better.:wavey:

Williams Rulez
May 9th, 2002, 08:01 AM
Why is her interview so short?

Well, it is nice anyway... :D

Chance
May 9th, 2002, 09:00 AM
Thanks Bright Red

GOOD LUCK SERENA
GO GET THE NO.3 RANKING
:)

MaRKy MaRk
May 9th, 2002, 09:51 AM
Q: Do you think you are one of the forerunners for the French Open?
Williams: Definitely. Without any doubt.

I just love it!

Beige
May 9th, 2002, 11:55 AM
Williams: "I never struggled with low self esteem"

I love that comment, too, Irma! :D

LOL@F82! I hear ya (I've had similar thoughts i.e. "I'm sorry I beat Schett", :rolleyes: ) but when it comes to winning the Miss Congeniality Award on the WTA tour, I couldn't care less if Venus or Serena win it. I'd rather have them be fierce, competitive and relentless than be "nice" which means nothing to me on the tennis court.

GO SERENA!

sartrista7
May 9th, 2002, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by Freethinker82
You people make me sick. What the fu@k do you want her to do? "Oh Babsi, I am so sorry for beating you, it was a mistake please forgive me, please Ms. Schett, dont whupp me, please dont let massah whupp me". GIVE THE GIRL A FU@king break...:fiery:

Not at all. It's a question of recognising, and respecting, your opponent's talent. Serena could NEVER beat Schett 1 and 0 on clay. To say that she thinks she could have done better isn't very respectful to Barbara.

Cam'ron Giles
May 9th, 2002, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by sartrista7


Not at all. It's a question of recognising, and respecting, your opponent's talent. Serena could NEVER beat Schett 1 and 0 on clay. To say that she thinks she could have done better isn't very respectful to Barbara.

HOOKED ON PHONICS WORKED FOR ME.

Go back and take your time re-reading the article ;)

sartrista7
May 9th, 2002, 03:30 PM
oh Freethinker, if I could work out what the hell you're talking about I'm sure I'd benefit from your advice :rolleyes:

I can read perfectly well, thank-you very much. 'A score which is 6-4 6-3 could have been 6-1 6-0', said Serena. Bollocks it could, say I.

Cybelle Darkholme
May 9th, 2002, 03:31 PM
To say that she thinks she could have done better isn't very respectful to Barbara. sartrista7

So if serena wants to cut down on her unforced errors, thats being disrespectful? If serena feels she wasn't giving her 100% thats being disrespectful? I am sorry but what does that have to do with barb at all? Nothing. Thats the problem with some people who just dont seem to grasp where serena and venus are coming from. Her point is about her game, what she did on the court, not about barb.

What I find so funny is that martina and other players say the same thing all the time, yet we never hear your critical voice. Martina said she could have moved better or stopped serving to venu's forehand, yet where were you to say, "martina youre being disrespectful?"

I am sure barb feels that she could have done somethings differently. Did you read her interview? So if she wanted to cut down her ue is she being disrespectful to serena?

I am sorry but that makes no sense whatsoever. You act as if striving to improve oneself is an affront to the competitor.

Somehow you fail to make the connection that serena wanting to improve has no reflection on barb or any player she is playing.

once again just to drive the point home, if serena double faulted ten times and then said that she could've done better, is that disrespecting her opponent? whatever.

sartrista7
May 9th, 2002, 03:37 PM
cybelle, I'm sure if I actually bothered reading Martina's interviews I'd say the same thing. But I'm not really very interested in what she has to say, because lately her interviews have been pretty dull.
Serena can improve her game all she likes, but she's not going to beat Barbara Schett 1 and 0 on clay. To say she could/should is imo disrespectful. No matter how much any player improves, there *is* always someone else standing on the other side of the net who's capable of countering it.

Cybelle Darkholme
May 9th, 2002, 03:59 PM
So how do you explain all those bagels and one game sets that martina dishes out? In any case any player who wants to do better shouldn't be discouraged or ridiculed, they should be applauded.

irma
May 9th, 2002, 04:17 PM
Serena sets very high goals for herself what's wrong with that?
she is what you call a perfectionist!

Cam'ron Giles
May 9th, 2002, 04:20 PM
Originally posted by sartrista7
cybelle, I'm sure if I actually bothered reading Martina's interviews I'd say the same thing. But I'm not really very interested in what she has to say, because lately her interviews have been pretty dull.
Serena can improve her game all she likes, but she's not going to beat Barbara Schett 1 and 0 on clay. To say she could/should is imo disrespectful. No matter how much any player improves, there *is* always someone else standing on the other side of the net who's capable of countering it.

:rolleyes: Give it up you sound really stupid and your point makes no sense whatsoever. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

victory1
May 9th, 2002, 04:32 PM
Q:-
Williams: I am going to asess my match tonight. I will have to play better tomorrow, but with every round it gets better. However, I was surprised that I had to play such a tough match in my first round. A score which is 6:4, 6:3 could have been 6:1, 6:0. I like to win my matches quickly because otherwise I wear myself out too much.


I think some people are reading to much into it. She said she had a tough matched (which can also mean a tough apponent), she's used to winning her 1st round matches 6:1, 6:0, but because her apponent was so tough, she had to worked harder then her usual 1st round matches. I take it as a compliment to Schett, not in insult, no where she said she could have beaten Schett easily in that interview. But if people going to read more into what she said, get it right!:rolleyes:

ot1962
May 9th, 2002, 05:19 PM
Originally posted by sartrista7


Not at all. It's a question of recognising, and respecting, your opponent's talent. Serena could NEVER beat Schett 1 and 0 on clay. To say that she thinks she could have done better isn't very respectful to Barbara.

Serena COULD beat Babsi 1 and 0 on clay!
She did not play to her full ability. If she did and Babsi plays badly it could be a double bagel. So there you are... it's possible!

Excelent interview, Serena! Always aim for perfection!!!

HEAVYHITTER
May 9th, 2002, 06:55 PM
This Thread is well faded.

Keep up the good work.

Ntosake
May 9th, 2002, 07:20 PM
Sometimes I think chains are being yanked, People...

Even though the Williams' interviews are scutinized, ad nauseum, win or lose, they don't require an interpretation by her fans or non-fans.

I think the Sisters are articulate, intelligent, media-savvy young millionaire athletes who do quite well conveying their thoughts.

Too bad a bunch of faceless, pseudo-identities on a tennis board in cyberspace insist on holding them to some humble-pie standard every freakin interview.

Please find a cliff and throw your microscopes over it.:wavey:

ptkten
May 9th, 2002, 08:39 PM
Sartrista7 has an opinion. He/She thinks Serena was being disrespectful. You don't think she was being disrespectful. Why does it matter if people have different opinions.

Another thing that bothers me is you assume that anyone who disagrees with what the Williams sisters say, must be a Martina fan. As far as I know, Sartrista is not a Hingis fan, so why would he/she be concerned with Hingis' interviews??

Oh well, I like it when players speak their mind, I'm happy that Serena is telling it like she feels, I wish Martina would do more of the same like she used to ;)