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Foot_Fault
Jul 5th, 2007, 07:38 PM
Nice interview she was very complimentary of Venus.

S.Kuznetsova - 5 July
Thursday, 5 July, 2007


Venus Williams (USA)[23] beat Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[5] 6-3, 6-4

Q. What happened to the cornrows?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: My head was very tired and was asking me to take them out, so...
It was two weeks and a half. I first was only going to keep it for one week. I like it. I keep it for two weeks and a half. Now I like it even more.

Q. Do you call it cornrows in Russia?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Yeah, more or less.

Q. Did Serena help you with it?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: No. Serena was home resting.

Q. Have you ever been hit by an ace before?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Not really.

Q. How good is she on grass? Is she better on grass than other surfaces?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't know. I mean, now I think she's in top of her form in last two, three years. I never played her like in really good form when she was winning a lot.
So she just played very well. I think she just played better than me today and I had to play very well to beat her. I still played good.
I didn't play bad, terrible or something. I still had to use all my chances to beat her. She was just playing well.

Q. Is it different to play her here than playing anywhere else?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, of course, everybody has different styles. Of course, is different. She served very well today. Yeah, her game hurts a lot on grass.

Q. Is there still the intimidation factor with the Williams sisters? Is that factor back again?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't know. I don't have any intimidation from them. I respect who they are, what they made, what they achieved in the tennis.
I think they're good people, that's it. I don't know about intimidation.

Q. How is the stopping and starting affecting your game?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I think I'm pretty cool with it. This year I don't have any problems like that. I had also very tough week in Berlin this year. It was rain. We had to wait a lot of time in club.
It's hard, you know. Waiting is boring. But it's all right. Of course, it's not the same thing if you just wait all the time there sorry, if you go and play, but it's all right.

Q. Are you prepared to play on Monday if you need to?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't have another choice. I'm here with my partner. I mean, what can I do?

Q. It's not driving you crazy, this kind of weather?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: It's for me important Wimbledon. The weather, I cannot change it. If I have to stay, no problem. One more day for a Grand Slam, it's not a big deal.

Q. Venus seemed to be saying your cornrows might be painful for you. Was it hurting you?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Little bit. If you're not used to it it's getting dirty faster. You cannot really wash it good because otherwise your hair go outside.
No, it's been hurting me a little bit, but it's okay.

Q. Next week is the marriage of Kim Clijsters. You are a good friend. Did you receive any invitation? If not, do you still have some contact with her?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I see her a lot on messenger, thing on Internet. I see she's connected sometimes. Yeah, I didn't receive any invitation. I was not that close, you know, to her so she invite me.
What date is that?

Q. Next Saturday.
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I'll just call her and will congratulate her. Probably she'll be busy. I'll probably text her SMS.

Q. Who cut your hair?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I didn't cut it. I didn't cut my hair for a while. Looks shorter.

Q. Do you think Venus will win the tournament?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I think she has very good chances. I think she has very good chances.

Q. More than Justine Henin?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: It's hard. I didn't play Justine. But she plays also unbelievably well. That's why I say chances for me, they both going to play final, that's what I think. I think it's going to be very interesting match.
If Venus going to keep serving like that, so good, I think she has really good chances.

dreamgoddess099
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:00 PM
Q. Is there still the intimidation factor with the Williams sisters? Is that factor back again?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't know. I don't have any intimidation from them. I respect who they are, what they made, what they achieved in the tennis.
I think they're good people, that's it. I don't know about intimidation.

Now this is the answer a REAL woman gives when asked if she's intimidated by someone. That's probably why Venus and Serena respect and like Sveta. These other little weak cowardly daddies girls on tour need to take note, grow up, and be women too.

Kunal
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:02 PM
damn straight!

V-MAC
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:04 PM
I'm not a Sveta fan but what a classy interview. Nice words :)

pigam
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:04 PM
Now this is the answer a REAL woman gives when asked if she's intimidated by someone. That's probably why Venus and Serena respect and like Sveta. These other little weak cowardly daddies girls on tour need to take note, grow up, and be women too.

wow, your posts the last few days are actually quite scary.
You should take a nap or something.

VERY nice interview from Sveta :) :yeah:

nozaroc
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:10 PM
Nice interview. A whole lot more questions about her hair then her tennis, but hey. Looking at her body language during the match, it was pretty clear she wasn't going to win this. That 'woe is me' shuffle she was doing was not good.

Il Primo!
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:11 PM
She's ugly but she's kind of cool...finally.

John.
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:11 PM
Sveta:yeah:

Glad she has took the cornrows out :o

Vlad Tepes
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:14 PM
Nice one, Sveta! I think she's very realistic and has nice words for the player who beat her, some people would have something to learn from this.

Jasmin
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:32 PM
Sveta is just nice and I think V and S are nice to her. Not everyone is nice so it's hard to compliment some.

BrandClay
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:34 PM
Yea.... I kinda like Kuznetsova now! That's my homie.

Steffica Greles
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:36 PM
Now this is the answer a REAL woman gives when asked if she's intimidated by someone. That's probably why Venus and Serena respect and like Sveta. These other little weak cowardly daddies girls on tour need to take note, grow up, and be women too.

But it's dishonest.

Sveta has blown matchpoints against Serena in the past.

GrandSlam05
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:38 PM
Now this is the answer a REAL woman gives when asked if she's intimidated by someone. That's probably why Venus and Serena respect and like Sveta. These other little weak cowardly daddies girls on tour need to take note, grow up, and be women too.

Whatever. Sveta is so intimidated by Justine that she didn't spend enough time getting intimidated by the WS.

Slutiana
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:39 PM
yeah..i like her now...she always had an exciting game but she seems like a nice person so go sveta:yeah::)

Slutiana
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:40 PM
But it's dishonest.

Sveta has blown matchpoints against Serena in the past.

doesnt mean she got intimidated....do you think vaidisova was intimidated by ivanovic today?

i dont think she was...she just choked...simple as

mykarma
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:45 PM
She's ugly but she's kind of cool...finally.
:tape:

UDACHi
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:47 PM
that's a great interview from svetlana. :yeah:

LoveFifteen
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:52 PM
Great interview, Sveta! The Nicole XD4200 could learn a thing or two from you on how to interview after a loss. :o

mckyle.
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:54 PM
wow, your posts the last few days are actually quite scary.
You should take a nap or something.

VERY nice interview from Sveta :) :yeah:


oh snap :haha: :spit: that was hilarious :worship:

DemWilliamsGulls
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:55 PM
She's ugly but she's kind of cool...finally.

LOL! lord have mercy...Caution signs should go up..to the remaining women....Venus is coming back...I think she played well against Kuetz..her serve is still a little slower than the Sharpova game but her returns and groundstrokes were ON baby...and she was running down balls getting them back. Kuez seem cool...she rocking the cornrows and she's friends with The Williams Sisters...so she get cool points with me..no matter how bad she looks lol.

Steffica Greles
Jul 5th, 2007, 08:57 PM
doesnt mean she got intimidated....do you think vaidisova was intimidated by ivanovic today?

i dont think she was...she just choked...simple as

Players are intimidated by the Williamses period, as far as I'm concerned.

But that doesn't reflect badly of Venus or Serena; no player is intimidated by default. Players earn their reputations, and Ve and Se have certainly earned theirs. Many an opponent of the truly prodigious has trembled over the years, and it started long, long before Venus or Serena entered the sport.

And players will never admit to being intimidated, so it's no surprise that Svetlana denied the inference. If they did so, it would be tantamount to suicide.

But yes, a truly gracious interview from Svetlana.

PamShriverRockz
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:14 PM
Sveta rockz.

Pasta-Na
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:19 PM
now i think venus has a chance to win the title :p

Conor
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:22 PM
now i think venus has a chance to win the title :p

Thats a bit of an understatement don't you think? :tape:

Kitten63
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:22 PM
Nice words from Sveta.

Lulu.
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:27 PM
Nice interview from Sveta :D

frontier
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:28 PM
Cool interview but who is her partner woman or man?she appears to be a cool person and seems to get along with a lot of players.Maybe Serena should invite her to her celebrity parties and meet Mariah Carey since she likes her a lot.

PamShriverRockz
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:32 PM
Cool interview but who is her partner woman or man?she appears to be a cool person and seems to get along with a lot of players.Maybe Serena should invite her to her celebrity parties and meet Mariah Carey since she likes her a lot.

Lol she meant her doubles partner ;)

CORIA01
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:32 PM
Nice Words From Sveta

TennisGuy21
Jul 5th, 2007, 09:48 PM
great post match sveta! I hate that you had to play Venus so early, but everyone falls to the champion.

darrinbaker00
Jul 5th, 2007, 10:47 PM
Now this is the answer a REAL woman gives when asked if she's intimidated by someone. That's probably why Venus and Serena respect and like Sveta. These other little weak cowardly daddies girls on tour need to take note, grow up, and be women too.
That's precisely why James Blake gets on my nerves so much. Whenever you even mention Roger Federer's name, he :bowdown: .

jbone_0307
Jul 5th, 2007, 10:56 PM
Have you ever gotten hit by an ace. :haha: :lol: :haha: What kind of question is that. :lol:

AkademiQ
Jul 5th, 2007, 11:08 PM
Now this is the answer a REAL woman gives when asked if she's intimidated by someone. That's probably why Venus and Serena respect and like Sveta. These other little weak cowardly daddies girls on tour need to take note, grow up, and be women too.

Svetlana is what others should be. Confident in her own game. All this talk about intimidation is bull shit and has been from day one. A cop out for weakness and if you ask me, bullying by some players and analysts. If you are too weak that you're already scared before you step on court... that's your own fault. Venus and Serena never intimidated anyone. They just played tennis and won.

Ellery
Jul 6th, 2007, 12:14 AM
Very classy.

Althea
Jul 6th, 2007, 12:26 AM
Very classy indeed!
After watching the game and hearing her interview, I felt drawn to her. She's a new favorite. She seems to be a very down to earth person. True beauty is from within!
Congratulations to Venus and Best Wishes to Svetlana in the future

Yonexforever
Jul 6th, 2007, 01:39 AM
Am the only one interested in Kim an Sveta and who knows who else are on messenger?
Sveta even said they were not close, but she has her handle.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jul 6th, 2007, 01:56 AM
I don't remember another player ever saying such nice things about a Williams sister. I'm starting to like Kuznetsova now for her off court personality.

PLP
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:21 AM
The quote about Sveta and Kim IM'ing and texting each other is precious! I can just see all of the top players in a chat session...except Hingis as she is pretty illiterate and uninterested when it comes to computers, LOL!

DOUBLEFIST
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:22 AM
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: now I think she's in top of her form in last two, three years. I never played her like in really good form when she was winning a lot.
Q. Is there still the intimidation factor with the Williams sisters? Is that factor back again?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I don't know. I don't have any intimidation from them. I respect who they are, what they made, what they achieved in the tennis.
I think they're good people, that's it. I don't know about intimidation.


It's comments like these that make me love Sveta! She is so honest about my faves! :lol: How many other girls would admit facing Vee at the top of her form is VERY different than over the past 2 or three years. Most players (and most of their fans on these boards) refuse to draw that distinction, basically saying that everyone else has simply "caught up" to Venus. :lol: But here, Kuzzy makes it very clear that there is a distinction.

The second quote was the first time I've heard a player HUMANIZE the sisters after a reporter tries to tacitly imply the "intimidation"(read "Bully") factor.

PLP
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:27 AM
Am the only one interested in Kim an Sveta and who knows who else are on messenger?
Sveta even said they were not close, but she has her handle.

No, I totally just agreed! Though AIM is really irritating me at the moment as my ex-boyfriend keeps logging off whenever I get on! :fiery:
Don't f-ing mess with this Aries.
:armed:

tenn_ace
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:32 AM
Whatever. Sveta is so intimidated by Justine that she didn't spend enough time getting intimidated by the WS.

and that's coming from a slouch shoulders fan :haha:

tenn_ace
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:35 AM
Sveta: making us (her fans) proud :worship:


Venus, please win it all! :bounce:

hectopascal
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:40 AM
For some reason, I find it hard to imagine professional tennis players chatting away on msn or texting each other via sms! It makes them seem so normal.....

treufreund
Jul 6th, 2007, 06:01 AM
damn straight!

nope, sveta is not straight. she is lesbian and fabulous.

Larrybidd
Jul 6th, 2007, 06:01 AM
Have you ever gotten hit by an ace. :haha: :lol: :haha: What kind of question is that. :lol:

Aw man, I knew Venus was going to brain somebody with a serve this fortnight. I've been waiting breathlessly for it to happen. How disappointing it was Sveta, that was victimized.

I REALLY hope Venus has a bullet or 2 left for the final.

winone23
Jul 6th, 2007, 07:42 AM
That's what I like about Kuzzy!!!

Yarden
Jul 6th, 2007, 07:48 AM
Really nice interview from Sveta :yeah:

Petersmiler
Jul 6th, 2007, 07:51 AM
Wow, she really went out on a limb with those predictions!

Orion
Jul 6th, 2007, 08:28 AM
Classy interview, especially for a player whose English is so-so.