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DelMonte
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:05 PM
A. MOLIK/V. Williams

7‑5, 7‑6

An interview with:

VENUS WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Venus, please.

Q. You were always in the match, weren't you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I definitely didn't produce my best tennis today, that's for sure. It was definitely a match I definitely should have won.

But I'll be ready for the next time.

Q. What made the difference today?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, I feel like I just ‑‑ I just wasn't hitting it cleanly enough. I felt like my movement wasn't as good as the previous rounds. And I think I was just ‑‑ I just wasn't correcting my errors immediately as I would normally do.

Q. Was that a tough atmosphere to be in? Obviously, this is a big thing for them. They haven't had somebody ‑‑

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, obviously, I mean, in this country, this is going to be a big match. In any other country, it's not going to be a big match at all. So, you know, it is what it is. So I wish her best of luck.

Q. How are you feeling condition‑wise? Do you think you had enough coming into the tournament?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Condition? Coming into the tournament, like?

Q. In terms of match practice.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, this is definitely one of the tougher tournaments to win because you don't have the opportunity to get out there and play tons of matches. So this is one event where you have to definitely be a hundred percent going into the event. There's no room for error. That definitely makes it one of the tougher ones to win.

But, yeah, I feel like I had the best preparation that I could have given myself.

Q. Do you still feel as competitive in Grand Slams as you did three, four years ago?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Absolutely.

Q. What's changed since then? Not just injuries and things, but has anything changed mentally, perhaps, that's stopping you from winning them?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I just feel like you win some, you lose some. And I feel like that was one I definitely should have won. I just was off of my rhythm.

Q. When you were winning the Grand Slams, you were going through matches, winning sets easily, matches easily. It didn't seem to be coming to you quite as easily as it was.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I feel like ‑ like I said ‑ this is a tough tournament to win because of the timing of it. You have to definitely be on immediately. I feel like I was playing well, but tonight I was just off a bit. And can't afford to do that.

Q. You say there's not a lot of chances getting ready to play this tournament. There are two weeks before this. Would you consider playing warm‑up tournaments before?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. For me I don't think it's good because it's too taxing for me. I can't play like a lot of tournaments like that.

Q. Lindsay said earlier today that she thought the tournament would be better off in like the end of February, beginning of March. Obviously, that's a problem with the Australian summer. What is your feeling on that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: (No response).

Q. Are you saying it wasn't timed in the right spot?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm just saying that you need to be ready right away. But as far as whether it should be moved, it's a moot topic.

Q. How is her first serve and her second serve? How does that rank in terms of serves you've played against recently?

VENUS WILLIAMS: She has a good serve.

Q. Do you sense a lot of change in her game the last year, two years or so?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Obviously she's playing better. But I just didn't play that well. So normally if I'm playing 5% better, this match is going to be mine. You know, I'll definitely come back in the next tournament, the next event, and I'm definitely going to play better. No doubt.

Q. Where is the next tournament, by the way?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Playing Antwerp.

Q. Can you see Alicia Molik winning this tournament?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, it's out of my hands now.

Q. Do you think she's capable?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I kind of want Serena to win, so. That's my horse now.

Q. Does Alicia have the game to trouble Lindsay Davenport?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, Lindsay's No. 1 in the world right now. That certainly says a lot about her tennis. So, you know, it will be a good match.

Q. Is this a similar feeling to last year when you lost to Lisa Raymond or is it a completely different story?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It's always better to win, most certainly. In many ways, of course the same.

Q. What's on your schedule after Antwerp?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Playing Dubai and Miami.

Q. What goals did you set for yourself coming into the tournament?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, definitely I wanted to win the event, obviously. A few rounds short of that. But I'll just go home and work a little harder, ask my mom what I was doing wrong out there today. I couldn't quite get a handle on, you know, what was going wrong. I think that hurt me a lot today.

Q. What do you think you were doing wrong?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I haven't thought about it yet. I need to think about it.

Q. You still obviously feel deep down you can win Grand Slams?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, yeah.

Q. Is there one thing that has to change for that to happen again?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I would say it's the same thing for you. If you take some time off from writing, there's no doubt you can still write. So I can still play. So there's no doubt about that.

Q. But have the other players caught up? I mean, obviously you and Serena brought a different type of game to tennis, a different level. Have they caught up?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I would say players are playing better, but I would definitely also say that when I'm playing well, I feel like I'm the best. And today was not my best, absolutely not my best.

Q. Is it getting more and more frustrating each time something like this happens?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I wouldn't say it's fun. Obviously, no. I go into each match feeling like that I should be able to win each match. But the best part about tennis is that it's not just once every four years; I'll play next week.

Q. When was the last time you felt you were playing consistently well?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Third round.

blumaroo
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:09 PM
she sounds a lil bitter. I thought she played allright for her but Alicia was just better. If VEnus had played Myskina she would have won. It''s just a bad match-up and too early. VEnus will have her time.

DelMonte
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:15 PM
Well, whatever she is (bitter, angry, disappointed, sad etc), I hope she uses it to make the necessary changes to her game and work harder. Looking at the stats, I think the biggest differences between Alicia and Molik was the serve. Molik consistently served faster than Venus and came up with big serves whenever she was in trouble. There was a time that Venus used to do that routinely.

thelittlestelf
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:18 PM
Q. Do you still feel as competitive in Grand Slams as you did three, four years ago?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Absolutely.


:worship:


Q. When was the last time you felt you were playing consistently well?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Third round.
:worship:

random_dude
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:18 PM
i thought she was meant to be the gracious one :tape:

barmaid
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:25 PM
i thought she was meant to be the gracious one :tape:

Yes, I agree..she sounded very much like Serena....blaming herself rather than giving "kudos" to her opponent!:rolleyes: :sad:

barmaid:wavey:

T-T
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:31 PM
"It was definitely a match I should have won. I would definitely say when I'm playing well, I feel I'm the best."

:rolleyes:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4201673.stm

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:34 PM
I love you Venus :hearts:

thelittlestelf
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:40 PM
"It was definitely a match I should have won. I would definitely say when I'm playing well, I feel I'm the best."

:rolleyes:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4201673.stm
It was a match she should have won. She had plenty of break chances, and if she converted just one more of them she probably would have won.

akosijepoy
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:40 PM
i would've preferred if she gave more credit to Alicia. But her FH did let her down. God luck Vee on your next tournaments.

spencercarlos
Jan 24th, 2005, 02:41 PM
Does not surprise me, "i did not bring my best today", "if i had played better i would have won", "i will look forward for the next event". Tipical Venus.

Doraemon
Jan 24th, 2005, 03:46 PM
I thought or heard she was the gracious one of the sisters.. oh well.. this interivew script proves otherwise...

lizchris
Jan 24th, 2005, 03:52 PM
i would've preferred if she gave more credit to Alicia. But her FH did let her down. God luck Vee on your next tournaments.

It wasn't her forehand. It was her inability to convert on break points (she had five in the second set) and her play at net. Alicia did both better. She only had a differential of -3 between her winners and her unforced errors, so I don't think her forehand is the liability it was last year.

LeRoy.
Jan 24th, 2005, 03:56 PM
Still living in denial it seems. Until she admits something is wrong , results like these are all she will achieve.

CC
Jan 24th, 2005, 03:57 PM
I thought or heard she was the gracious one of the sisters.. oh well.. this interivew script proves otherwise...
Of course, one instance that diverts from the norm certainly proves "otherwise."


I feel the same way, Joy. I think she is in denial bigtime. Obviously she doesn't want to admit anything to the press or the public, but at least admit it to yourself and make the necessary changes.

CC
Jan 24th, 2005, 03:59 PM
"Yeah, I definitely didn't produce my best tennis today, that's for sure. It was definitely a match I definitely should have won."

Shoulda woulda coulda. Doesn't this just sound so retarded? :tape:

cheo23
Jan 24th, 2005, 04:06 PM
"Yeah, I definitely didn't produce my best tennis today, that's for sure. It was definitely a match I definitely should have won."

Shoulda woulda coulda. Doesn't this just sound so retarded? :tape:
yeah she said the SAME THING
when she Lost to Lindsay( US OPen) its also posted in the BITCHIEST COMMENT THREAD
Just ASK KNIZZLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
GO ALICIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

cheo23
Jan 24th, 2005, 04:09 PM
It wasn't her forehand. It was her inability to convert on break points (she had five in the second set) and her play at net. Alicia did both better. She only had a differential of -3 between her winners and her unforced errors, so I don't think her forehand is the liability it was last year.
doesn't really matter..ALICIA WON THE MATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a WIN IS A WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VENUS NEEDS TO GET Her ACT TOGETHER!
too many EARLY losses at GRAND SLAMS lately
Last year 3rd round, quarters, 2nd round, Now 4th ROUND Lost
Poor VENUS!

lizchris
Jan 24th, 2005, 04:11 PM
doesn't really matter..ALICIA WON THE MATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a WIN IS A WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VENUS NEEDS TO GET Her ACT TOGETHER!
too many EARLY losses at GRAND SLAMS lately
Last year 3rd round, quarters, 2nd round, Now 4th ROUND Lost
Poor VENUS!

Yes, she won the match, but she won't win the AO.

Venus will do better this year at the Slams; this AO is an imporvement over last year.

Lolo8
Jan 24th, 2005, 04:12 PM
You people need help. Please leave Venus alone. Venus is right she could have won that match. I've heard many players like Mauresmo, Sharapova and others who didn't give credit to the other player when they lost. You act is if Venus and Serena are the only ones. When the sisters win you put them down when they lose you still put them down. They can't do any thing right.

harloo
Jan 24th, 2005, 04:37 PM
I like Venus uncut and raw. No matter what she say's someone will have a problem, so she needs to speak.


Don't worry about Alicia, she doesn't need Venus's praise because every American commentator, tennis analyst, and Aussie will be brown nosing. She did a good job, so hats off to her but all this Venus should bow down and worship her shit is tired. Let it go people!

Kart
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:20 PM
This is a pretty standard interview from Venus.

She rarely discusses strategy or her feelings with the press.

I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with it.

She didn't say anything derrogatory about Molik so what's the big deal :confused:.

harloo
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:22 PM
This is a pretty standard interview from Venus.

She rarely discusses strategy or her feelings with the press.

I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with it.

She didn't say anything derrogatory about Molik so what's the big deal :confused:.
She did not kiss Alicia's feet. That's the only gesture that would probably make everyone feel warm and fuzzy inside.:lol:

GoDominique
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:31 PM
Well, sounds like she was pretty pissed (understandably!) and not all comments should be taken seriously.
Anyway:

"I just feel like you win some, you lose some. And I feel like that was one I definitely should have won. I just was off of my rhythm."

"Should" - what does that mean? She should have won based on where she was 2 years ago? Correct.
And she's not losing some, she's losing quite a lot for her standards. So there have to be bigger problems than just being "off of my rhythm".

"So normally if I'm playing 5% better, this match is going to be mine."

Normally ... :shrug: and it's not just about playing better.

"But I'll just go home and work a little harder, ask my mom what I was doing wrong out there today. I couldn't quite get a handle on, you know, what was going wrong."

Well, I like Oracene but she's not the person who can help her in this matter.
And it's not too tough to have a game-plan against Alicia.

"I would say players are playing better, but I would definitely also say that when I'm playing well, I feel like I'm the best."

Just not true at the moment.

davidmario
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:32 PM
Q. Where is the next tournament, by the way?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Playing Antwerp.
Q. Is it getting more and more frustrating each time something like this happens?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I wouldn't say it's fun. Obviously, no. I go into each match feeling like that I should be able to win each match. But the best part about tennis is that it's not just once every four years; I'll play next week.

:confused: :rolleyes: Antwerp starts at Feb 14th.

serenafan08
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:36 PM
Will you guys give it a rest!??? If Sharapova had said those same things that Venus did, this thread would not have even been started. While people don't want to admit it, there is a double-standard among the fans when it comes to the Williams sisters. When they say things like this, everyone throws a fit, but when other players say the exact same thing, no one says anything negative. Let it go! She lost to a great player - and the thing to remember is what Alicia said in her press-conference:
"This is a huge feat, I beat Venus. I beat her playing my tennis, and I didn't wait for her to make mistakes, and that's something I can be pretty proud of."

That's it - Molik beat her, fair and square. She knows it, everyone knows it, so just drop it! This is nothing to loose sleep over. :rolleyes:

cheo23
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:40 PM
Yes, she won the match, but she won't win the AO.

Venus will do better this year at the Slams; this AO is an imporvement over last year.
U know U Always CHANGE THE SUBJECT :lol:
We're talkin about her WIN
then U go on to Say "SHE WON't WIN THE AO"
GET IT TOGETHER!
Admit it..SHE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CONgratulations ALICIA
U Played the BIGGER POINTS BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hearts:

cheo23
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:42 PM
Will you guys give it a rest!??? If Sharapova had said those same things that Venus did, this thread would not have even been started. While people don't want to admit it, there is a double-standard among the fans when it comes to the Williams sisters. When they say things like this, everyone throws a fit, but when other players say the exact same thing, no one says anything negative. Let it go! She lost to a great player - and the thing to remember is what Alicia said in her press-conference:
"This is a huge feat, I beat Venus. I beat her playing my tennis, and I didn't wait for her to make mistakes, and that's something I can be pretty proud of."

That's it - Molik beat her, fair and square. She knows it, everyone knows it, so just drop it! This is nothing to loose sleep over. :rolleyes:
BELIEVE ME!
if Maria would have said the SAME THING Venus just said
THERe would be a THREAD About it!
We're Just sayin
SHE could at least said
ALICIA was STRONGER on the BIG POINTS
& enough to BEAT ME

lizchris
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:44 PM
U know U Always CHANGE THE SUBJECT :lol:
We're talkin about her WIN
then U go on to Say "SHE WON't WIN THE AO"
GET IT TOGETHER!
Admit it..SHE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CONgratulations ALICIA
U Played the BIGGER POINTS BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hearts:

If she is in the QF, isn't her goal to win the AO? That's why I said what I said.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:49 PM
Maybe Richard will start going with the girls to ALL the grand slams. Not just Wimbledon.

Regarding Alicia.....I think Davenport will demolish her.

DemWilliamsGulls
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:51 PM
Well I'm not really shocked...I knew from day one that Venus would have a very hard time winning the tournament...and the way she played from jump, she didnt have the game to win this tournament...so I knew it was goign to be a end somewhere down the line. I will say this...if all the players played at their best..Venus Williams is the best player hands down...but when she is not playing her best she does not win. True she may have played a solid good game...but if she's not playing like she played in 2001 and 2002...she's not goign to win.

cheo23
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:54 PM
If she is in the QF, isn't her goal to win the AO? That's why I said what I said.
Well U should CAll ALICIA Up right Now
& tell her NOt to BOTHER EVEN Playin against Lindsay
BEcause she has NO SHOT of WINNIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN!
GOD, some people are just so FREAKIN BITTER
when their FAvorite LOSSES!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

lizchris
Jan 24th, 2005, 05:55 PM
Well U should CAll ALICIA Up right Now
& tell her NOt to BOTHER EVEN Playin against Lindsay
BEcause she has NO SHOT of WINNIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN!
GOD, some people are just so FREAKIN BITTER
when their FAvorite LOSSES!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:
Not bitter, just disappointed, but angry at the haters (like yourself) who only lurk their ugly heads when the sisters are losing.:rolleyes:

cheo23
Jan 24th, 2005, 06:01 PM
Not bitter, just disappointed, but angry at the haters (like yourself) who only lurk their ugly heads when the sisters are losing.:rolleyes:
THERe U GO Changin the Subject AGAIn
I'm not HATIN ON HER
I'm just sayin..SHE COULD AT LEAST
AT LEAST
AT LEAST
say ALICIA DESERVED TO WIN THIS MATCH BECAUSE SHE Played
THE BIGGER POINTS BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GET IT TOGETHER FOR THE LAST TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TakeThat
Jan 24th, 2005, 06:05 PM
Not bitter, just disappointed, but angry at the haters (like yourself) who only lurk their ugly heads when the sisters are losing.:rolleyes:
The Sisters? What are they, one and the same? Venus and Serena are two distinct individuals - with their own styles, personalities, achievements and fans.

spencercarlos
Jan 24th, 2005, 06:10 PM
Yes, she won the match, but she won't win the AO.

Venus will do better this year at the Slams; this AO is an imporvement over last year.
4th round loss to a player that had never reached quarters of a grand slam is not what i would call improvement.

lizchris
Jan 24th, 2005, 06:17 PM
4th round loss to a player that had never reached quarters of a grand slam is not what i would call improvement.
I was actually talking about improving her ranking, as in points.

serenafan08
Jan 24th, 2005, 06:47 PM
BELIEVE ME!
if Maria would have said the SAME THING Venus just said
THERe would be a THREAD About it!
We're Just sayin
SHE could at least said
ALICIA was STRONGER on the BIG POINTS
& enough to BEAT ME
OK - I believe you. I do agree that Venus could have given Alicia more credit than she did - but the main thing is that Alicia knows that she won the match playing her way, just like she said. Props to her. I have always like Alicia - I remember when she played Hingis @ the Aussie a few year ago. I really wanted her to win that match, and even though she lost, I still liked her a lot. It's nice to see her finally break through - I hope she continues to improve and become a force on the tour. But as for this thread, people need to drop it. The comments are getting ridiculous and off subject. Venus' press-conference is nothing to raise your blood pressure about - so just let it go PLEASE!!!!!