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LucasArg
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:43 AM
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L. RAYMOND/V. Williams

6-4, 7-6

An interview with:



VENUS WILLIAMS



Q. Do you think that's attributable to the layoff or Lisa's fine play? How would you assess that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think she played really well. You know, she hung in there and played a lot of good shots and was really determined. And she's a really, really good player, really talented, and she has everything: good serve, good return, good groundstrokes, good volleys, good movement.

So she had a lot of good things going on out there for her.

Q. You were having a lot of trouble with your first serve. Was that sun, something else?

VENUS WILLIAMS: A little bit. I think I had some good ones, some good first serves, a lot of good ones, actually, then some bad ones, too. Just a little bit off rhythm. That's all.

Q. Do you think that's a match that you might have won had you not had such a long break?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'd like to think so. But what I need to do is just put my break behind me and keep moving on with the now and with each match that I play from here, and learn from each one, learn from each one.

I think she played well. And I had some moments when I played some good shots, too. So it was a good match.

Q. Is it a question when you're away that long, you get a little battle shy?

VENUS WILLIAMS: In the tiebreak, I probably went for too much too soon. I guess I have a lot of time to think about it now (smiling).

But it's all good. It's all good because I feel I can do it - but it just wasn't today.

Q. Are you less disappointed than you would ordinarily be?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm pretty much in shock. I still can't believe it. But that's the way I feel after every loss - whether I've been off or on or what have you.

It's definitely going to settle in this evening. It will be like, "No!" That's the way it is. You win some, you lose some. I definitely had a lot of high hopes to do well here, and of course ultimately to win. But the best player will, whoever that is.

Unfortunately, it wasn't me in this fortnight.

Q. Are you good at kind of putting it in perspective?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Maybe not right now (laughter). Maybe not right now. I just would like to do well, that's all. There's definitely a lot of things I could work on. But it's nice that I'll have a break and get ready for the next event.

Q. Were you a hundred percent physically today?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, everybody has their issues. Don't really want to get into that. But it was okay.

Q. Your stomach muscle feels okay?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm fine, thank God, yes. I'm fine with my stomach, thank you.

Q. It appeared your movement was a little bit limited at times in the second set.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. My feet couldn't -- I don't want to get into it. Lisa played good.

Q. You're due to go to Tokyo after this?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'm going to Tokyo.

Q. Will you stay here now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'll be a tennis tourist (laughter). I'll go see the Twelve Apostles now, who knows, Ayers Rock, all those good things.

No, this is definitely not the position I was anticipating, but it's okay. I have to look at the bright side and know that I have plenty of time to practice and get ready for my next event. Of course, I just feel that my form will get better and better.

Q. Were you in a little bit of shock to find yourself down so quickly?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. Just even from the warm-up, I was thinking, "She's going to play well today," just from the way she's hitting in the warm-up. My feet, I couldn't get them to go. My feet were very bad today. Especially at my height, I can't have bad feet and still play well. So that was tough.

But she played good. She had a lot of shots rockin' and rollin' today. It was nice for her.

Q. Lisa has had a lot of trouble keeping her nerves in singles matches, finishing them up. Did you expect she might have problems today? Did that ever flash through your mind?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It could have happened. It could have happened. I don't think I was able to keep the pressure on like I normally would. But I think she did good. She kept it coming. I've seen her play very well before. So I knew she was capable of that.

Q. Was your weight of shot as heavy as it is normally?

VENUS WILLIAMS: "Weight of shot".

Q. Yes.

VENUS WILLIAMS: I thought I had some heavy shots, for sure. She had a lot of good shots, too. And normally a lot of those shots she was hitting, I would run them down. And that wasn't the case today. So I think that was another area of pressure I'm usually able to put on my opponent, which she wasn't affected by today. So I think that gave her some advantages, too.

Q. What is your schedule?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm playing in Tokyo and Antwerp and Dubai. So I have two weeks off now. Woe is me.

Q. Will you watch any of the remainder of this Open or not?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Maybe, I don't know (laughter). I have a lot to think about and recover from at this moment, so...

Q. I know it's hard to evaluate something after a loss like this, but what sort of positives can you take away from the whole experience of coming back? Like you said, your stomach is better now.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I can be positive that my stomach is fine. Yes, that's it (laughter).

Q. Nothing else?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes.

Q. Ways it one of your most disappointing losses? How would you rank it?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Not really. Not really. Obviously, each loss is not a barrel of laughs, to put it in the least way. But I definitely had losses that were more disappointing than this. But each one is one that I don't want to accept or take or experience.

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LucasArg
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:44 AM
I LOVE HER! :hearts:

Good luck in Tokyo, Antwerp and Dubai :wavey:

selesfan
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:51 AM
What a nice interview. She is such a sweetie.:kiss:

Chance
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:54 AM
Where's that effing slice poster? Whoever said Venus makes excuses for her losses needs to STFU.

Nice interview.
Enjoy the sites Venus, rest that ankle and come back in Tokyo/ Antwerp!

WtaTour4Ever
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:00 AM
Nice interview....once again very complementary towards her opponent.!!! I'm still sad :-)

VivalaSeles
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:00 AM
Very nice interview :)
Good luck to Venus in Tokyo :)

LucasArg
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:00 AM
I loved the fact she always said Lisa played well, THAT IS CLASS!:worship:

Midnite Surfer
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:02 AM
Nice try Venus! You're on the road.

vs1
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:04 AM
Venus is all class, as usual. I like that she can make light of her loss and move on. I agree that she can only get better and better. Good luck to her in Tokyo, Antwerp and Dubai. Now I'm sure that she will play Tokyo!!! And she can get more match play and get into a groove!!

I LOVE YOU VENUS!!! :kiss: :kiss:

Mase
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:05 AM
Great interview, very respectable ;)

TennisHack
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:09 AM
A good interview after such an unexpected loss. Good to see Venus being positive, complimenting her opponent, joking about being a "tennis tourist." :)

Thanks for posting it :)

Midnite Surfer
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:09 AM
Not to take anything away from Lisa, she played an incredible match. But man her head seems pretty swollen. She's keeps mentioning stretching the top players to three sets in the past. Meanwhile she had never even won a set off of Venus before this match. :scratch:

barmaid
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:11 AM
Excellent interview by Venus.....she gave all the credit to Lisa Raymond who was the better player and she was very humble in defeat.:worship: No belly-aching, no regrets, no excuses...just a very "classy" response!!:D




barmaid:wavey:

LucasArg
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:25 AM
This interview made me feel a little better.:kiss:

faboozadoo15
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:34 AM
great interview. i know she'll rebound, so it makes this a little easier. i really thought she was going to win the whole damn tournament, and this came outa nowhere! go venus! prove everyone wrong and snag the french in a few months.

chicagofan
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:40 AM
I'm no Venus fan, but you have to give her credit. She went out of her way to be complimentary to Lisa. Even when asked about her foot, she really just focused Lisa's play. What a champion. Obviously Venus will have more opportunities for GS, but she showed real class and poise here.

Rollo
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:41 AM
A classy interview from Venus-here's hoping she can play all those events and get her ranking up. I like the way she waved afterwards to the crowd too rather than stalking off court like a lot of players do after a tugh loss.

Midnite-maybe Raymond did something after the match to get a "swollen head"-(I didn't see her interview) but after her win she was rather restrained, which I also thought classy. She could have done a major victory dance.

Venus Forever
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:43 AM
Don't worry Vee, you're still the classiest player out there, and you'll get planty of more chances.

Don't let a 6 month break worry you, you'll be back to top form in no time. ;)

:D

Couver
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:49 AM
Thanks for posting the interview. Actually it's made me feel a little better as well. Venus is so good at putting things into prespective.

I hope she enjoys the sights of Australia (they are beautiful). And of course I hope she goes and kicks butt in Tokyo.

azza
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:52 AM
I LOVE HER! :hearts:

Good luck in Tokyo, Antwerp and Dubai :wavey:

lol u read that in 1 minute :lol:

New
Jan 24th, 2004, 06:56 AM
i'm not a venus fan exactly but good luck to venus!!! very nice interview!!!

i'm glad she's positive!!!

Nemesis
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:12 AM
:sad: Venus ... I had hoped for a slamming come back, with a final against Justine ...(Sorry that I do it in here, because there have already been made sooo many threads about this that are already on the second page ... )

Nice interview. Being positive, giving credit to Lisa, not blaming it on her not being in form yet. That's why I like Vee :yeah:

LucasArg
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:19 AM
lol u read that in 1 minute :lol:
No, I read the interview in the Aus Open web site, before posting it:rolleyes:

QUEENLINDSAY
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:32 AM
Venus has been always very nice and just being herself in all her interviews, Its actually her fans on this board who act so arrogant and create excuses when she lose.

Well, Honestly, I hope this will just motivate her more.

Kart
Jan 24th, 2004, 01:36 PM
Good interview.

Venus is a true champion and it's hard not to wish her well.

bandabou
Jan 24th, 2004, 01:43 PM
Great interview Vee...class all the way.

topspin
Jan 24th, 2004, 01:59 PM
Nice interview, Venus!

Quick thinking in not letting anyone "cornered" you into saying something negative which could be used against you.

i-girl
Jan 24th, 2004, 02:07 PM
she has been incredibly sweet throughout the week. I don't know how many of you get "Eurosport" but she had a few little interviews on Eurosport that were so cute. she was really funny. seemed truely happy to be playing tennis for the first time in a long time. she looked rather upset in her post match interview, poor baby, but she'll bounce back.

Mikey
Jan 24th, 2004, 02:35 PM
What a nice interview :)

Get well soon Venus, we want you back :D

Harju.
Jan 24th, 2004, 02:48 PM
What a classy interview. Venus is one of the diva of tennis. Know how to complement her opponent despite a stunning loss..

Bounce back Vee :worship:

Q. It appeared your movement was a little bit limited at times in the second set.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. My feet couldn't -- I don't want to get into it. Lisa played good.

This really is very classy :worship: Vee

matthias
Jan 24th, 2004, 02:54 PM
Venus show her class and her respect to Lisa - wow - good interview!

GoGoMaggie
Jan 24th, 2004, 02:59 PM
Venus seems taking the loss very well and classily. I don't think we would get this kind of class act from Serena though. She's all about herself. It should have been Serena if either of the sisters were meant to lose.
Anyways, I'm sure Venus will win another major sooner rather than later as long as she keeps this attitude.

CC
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:00 PM
I'm so sad. :sad:

starr
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:10 PM
Nice interview.

Someone posted last night that Venus was crying in her interview. I'm glad to see that didn't happen.

CC
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:12 PM
I don't think that's inaccurate though; ESPN showed a clip of her interview and she sounded near tears.

Joseosu19
Jan 24th, 2004, 03:42 PM
Judging by this picture, apparently Venus was crying, or close to crying at the press conference.

Diya
Jan 24th, 2004, 04:49 PM
Q. Are you less disappointed than you would ordinarily be?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm pretty much in shock. I still can't believe it. ......

You'll get used to it pretty soon Vee

Nice interview....but she didn't say everything she wanted to though

gmak
Jan 24th, 2004, 04:52 PM
:worship: classy interview by Vee :)

Mrs. Peel
Jan 24th, 2004, 04:55 PM
Nothing but class from Venus! :worship: The Goddess will comeback and be back to her winning ways. She knows what she has to do! :bounce:

UDiTY
Jan 24th, 2004, 04:59 PM
Reading that interview it's hard for me to see why anyone can dislike Venus. She gave Lisa alot of credit, talked about how well Lisa played, said some things that she could have done better, but mostly gave the credit to Lisa.

Handled like such a great champion...good luck the rest of the year Vee.

Rocketta
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:02 PM
You'll get used to it pretty soon Vee

Nice interview....but she didn't say everything she wanted to though
boy do you make your momma proud...

speaking of class......less...Diya you are the top dog....

Rocketta
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:03 PM
Very Good interview but I knew it wasn't going to be any other way than Venus giving credit to her opponent..

bandabou
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:05 PM
Venus seems taking the loss very well and classily. I don't think we would get this kind of class act from Serena though. She's all about herself. It should have been Serena if either of the sisters were meant to lose.
Anyways, I'm sure Venus will win another major sooner rather than later as long as she keeps this attitude.

Hey, hey.....leave Babygirl alone! :lol: ;)

Bezz
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:11 PM
You'll get used to it pretty soon Vee

Nice interview....but she didn't say everything she wanted to though
I agree with this, yu can see on the video when she was quizzed about her movement and stuff, she kind of deflected the questions. Maybe becuase she knew if she said anythin about not being 100%, people will jump on her back. Nice interview anyway, she gave credit where credit was due. :worship:

GrahamD
Jan 24th, 2004, 07:34 PM
Great interview Vee...class all the way.
Nearly all the way. Lisa was classier on the court.

Serendy Willick
Jan 24th, 2004, 08:04 PM
Venus seems taking the loss very well and classily. I don't think we would get this kind of class act from Serena though. She's all about herself. It should have been Serena if either of the sisters were meant to lose.
Anyways, I'm sure Venus will win another major sooner rather than later as long as she keeps this attitude.
Shut the fuck up! Serena wouldnt bow down and kiss the cracks of players asses when wins or loses like you would want her to. :rolleyes:

for-sure
Jan 24th, 2004, 08:12 PM
Judging by this picture, apparently Venus was crying, or close to crying at the press conference.

Time to sell the company Venus and start focusing again on your tennis!

JustineTime
Jan 24th, 2004, 08:15 PM
Q. It appeared your movement was a little bit limited at times in the second set.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. My feet couldn't -- I don't want to get into it. Lisa played good.
See? Even Venus is tired of comin' on this site and seeing all these posters HATE on 'er! :mad:

*abby*
Jan 24th, 2004, 09:02 PM
great interview after a disappointing result-very classy

Althea
Jan 24th, 2004, 11:35 PM
Exactly How I feel about her interview as well

Excellent interview by Venus.....she gave all the credit to Lisa Raymond who was the better player and she was very humble in defeat.:worship: No belly-aching, no regrets, no excuses...just a very "classy" response!!:D




barmaid:wavey:

Q. Are you less disappointed than you would ordinarily be?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm pretty much in shock. I still can't believe it. But that's the way I feel after every loss - whether I've been off or on or what have you.

It's definitely going to settle in this evening. It will be like, "No!" That's the way it is. You win some, you lose some. I definitely had a lot of high hopes to do well here, and of course ultimately to win. But the best player will, whoever that is.

Unfortunately, it wasn't me in this fortnight:sad:

Are always Venus keeps her head up
Q. Will you stay here now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'll be a tennis tourist (laughter). I'll go see the Twelve Apostles now, who knows, Ayers Rock, all those good things.
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Props to Lisa on her win..