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SJW
May 27th, 2007, 09:47 PM
This one will be updated regularly. Feel free to add
(it will actually be "quotes". Her interviews are like goldmines)

Sunday 27th May 2007

(about Pironkova):
And I knew that if I did go down, then there's a 99.9 percent chance that she would not win the next round. So that encouraged me to even fight harder.

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(about whether she was crying after the losing the first set):
No, no. I just think I make these faces that I have to stop making, because I hate when I watch film and I hate when I see those faces. I'm the baby. I was the youngest. I was always treated the best. I'm a whiner, a complainer. It doesn't help.

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Q. And also sometimes you're known for your flamboyance. Maybe on a Saturday, you'd be out. How did you feel about playing at 11:00 o'clock on Sunday morning?

SERENA WILLIAMS: First of all, I never go out on Saturday night, especially on a Grand Slam. I'm like a hermit. I'm psycho. I'll stay in my room all day and all night. It's interesting playing on Sunday, and I actually was upset because I was out there. I was thinking there's no way I'm gonna go home on Sunday, you know. It's not even Monday. I can't lose on Sunday. I was just like, no way, so, but it also kept me really motivated.


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StarDuvallGrant
May 27th, 2007, 10:12 PM
:lol:

serenaforever
May 27th, 2007, 10:17 PM
I like the first one. :lol:

serenaforever
May 27th, 2007, 10:19 PM
"Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come."

I love this quote. It's in my sig.
My favorite Rena quote of all time. :worship:

SJW
May 27th, 2007, 10:31 PM
Her self-deprecating humour is absolutely fantastic! "I'm a whiner. I'm a complainer. I'm like a hermit. I'm psycho"...if it wasn't so funny, I'd be concerned that she had some confidence issues that she needs to address :haha:

serenaforever
May 27th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Her self-deprecating humour is absolutely fantastic! "I'm a whiner. I'm a complainer. I'm like a hermit. I'm psycho"...if it wasn't so funny, I'd be concerned that she had some confidence issues that she needs to address :haha:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Mina Vagante
May 28th, 2007, 09:03 AM
And I knew that if I did go down, then there's a 99.9 percent chance that she would not win the next round. So that encouraged me to even fight harder.

harsh but oh so true :lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
May 28th, 2007, 10:21 AM
LOL serena :lol:

serenaforever
May 28th, 2007, 01:18 PM
And I knew that if I did go down, then there's a 99.9 percent chance that she would not win the next round. So that encouraged me to even fight harder.

harsh but oh so true :lol:

:lol:

Olórin
May 29th, 2007, 12:49 AM
Serena :lol:

Becool
May 29th, 2007, 01:25 PM
she's priceless

serenafan08
May 29th, 2007, 06:02 PM
And I knew that if I did go down, then there's a 99.9 percent chance that she would not win the next round. So that encouraged me to even fight harder.

harsh but oh so true :lol:

:lol: I cringed when I first read this! You can count on Serena to say what she (and everybody else) is thinking. Gotta love her!

serenaforever
May 29th, 2007, 07:42 PM
she's priceless

Isn't she? :lol: :lol: :lol:

doni1212
May 29th, 2007, 08:35 PM
No, I loved...
Q. Even when she was down, or when she lost nine straight games the second and third set, she was playing pretty well. She looked good, at least, and she looked like she was challenging you. She's somebody you can see doing something in the tour? She's only 19.

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. She's ‑‑ I mean, I believe ‑‑ I think ‑‑ did she beat Venus a couple years ago in Australia? I personally would have propelled myself after that. So she's still at 91, so I don't know. It's hard to say.

serenaforever
May 29th, 2007, 09:20 PM
No, I loved...
Q. Even when she was down, or when she lost nine straight games the second and third set, she was playing pretty well. She looked good, at least, and she looked like she was challenging you. She's somebody you can see doing something in the tour? She's only 19.

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. She's ‑‑ I mean, I believe ‑‑ I think ‑‑ did she beat Venus a couple years ago in Australia? I personally would have propelled myself after that. So she's still at 91, so I don't know. It's hard to say.

Harsh.....
But, the truth hurts. Even after the upset,
she hasn't done anything on tour.

SJW
May 31st, 2007, 04:35 PM
Not so many outrageous comments today I'm afraid, I guess she was in a serious mood :( I did like this one comment/piece of information though:

Thursday 31st May


Q. What about the next match? Michaella Krajicek?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, she's playing really well, and really tough. I played her in Rome. And I know her game now. She serves really well, so I'm going to definitely have to be ready for her. A feisty, young player, and a motivated player.


Q. The funny thing was she told us you used to be her idol?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, that's nice.


Q. How's that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: That's awesome. I know. That's so sweet. I know the feeling because I loved Monica Seles, so whenever I got a chance to play her, I was just still really excited. And, you know, winning against her was like the ultimate goal. Every time was just so cool.

So I know the feeling. It's just kind of strange to be in the opposite position.


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Krajicek seems to be a really sweet girl from what I've seen. And it explains even further why Serena went and hugged and comforted her in the lockerroom when she was crying after she lost on her birthday (I forget which tournament it was).

Anybody know who else is a big fan of Serena? If I'm not mistaken Vaidisova was as a youngster. She's Federer's favourite female player. Now Krajicek.

Becool
May 31st, 2007, 05:29 PM
Iroda Tulyaganova..

Once in her Junior Tennis' website, she cited Serena as her favorite tennis player

:)

SJW
May 31st, 2007, 05:56 PM
Iroda Tulyaganova..

Once in her Junior Tennis' website, she cited Serena as her favorite tennis player

:)

Must have been admiration for another big-breasted woman :p

BuTtErFrEnA
May 31st, 2007, 07:31 PM
LMAO funny but true :spit: other players seem to admire and *ahem* copy the sisters but they shall remain nameless

serenaforever
May 31st, 2007, 08:53 PM
LMAO funny but true :spit: other players seem to admire and *ahem* copy the sisters but they shall remain nameless

:lol:

SJW
Jun 1st, 2007, 04:15 AM
She made BBC's "Quote of the Day" three times, continuing her legacy of being their most quotable player :rocker2::p:

"That's awesome. That's so sweet. I know the feeling because I loved Monica Seles, so whenever I got a chance to play her, I was just still really excited. It's just kind of strange to be in the opposite position."
Serena Williams after being told her next opponent Michaella Krajicek used to idolise her
"If you can beat me, you can hit with me."
Serena on how she picks her hitting partners. That pretty much eliminates all female players
"To be honest with you, I grew up in the hood, and any court is a good court to me."
Serena, after being told the Australian Open will be putting a new surface down


:haha:

StarDuvallGrant
Jun 1st, 2007, 04:47 AM
Must have been admiration for another big-breasted woman :p

:lol:

MrSerenaWilliams
Jun 1st, 2007, 09:11 AM
Q. Can I just ask you from an Australian point of view. They just put a new surface down in Melbourne. Your thoughts on the new surface and whether you think it's better or worse.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I do well on the surface that it's on right now, but I understand it's going to be similar. To be honest with you, I grew up in the hood, and any court is a good court to me. So I can play on anything.




:worship: QUOTE OF THE YEAR

Mina Vagante
Jun 1st, 2007, 09:40 AM
She made BBC's "Quote of the Day" three times, continuing her legacy of being their most quotable player :rocker2::p:

"That's awesome. That's so sweet. I know the feeling because I loved Monica Seles, so whenever I got a chance to play her, I was just still really excited. It's just kind of strange to be in the opposite position."
Serena Williams after being told her next opponent Michaella Krajicek used to idolise her
"If you can beat me, you can hit with me."
Serena on how she picks her hitting partners. That pretty much eliminates all female players
"To be honest with you, I grew up in the hood, and any court is a good court to me."
Serena, after being told the Australian Open will be putting a new surface down


:haha:

:lol: very true

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 1st, 2007, 02:56 PM
lmao!!! she needs to start hitting with federer or nadal...o0o0o nadal :drool:

serenaforever
Jun 1st, 2007, 08:10 PM
She made BBC's "Quote of the Day" three times, continuing her legacy of being their most quotable player :rocker2::p:

"That's awesome. That's so sweet. I know the feeling because I loved Monica Seles, so whenever I got a chance to play her, I was just still really excited. It's just kind of strange to be in the opposite position."
Serena Williams after being told her next opponent Michaella Krajicek used to idolise her
"If you can beat me, you can hit with me."
Serena on how she picks her hitting partners. That pretty much eliminates all female players
"To be honest with you, I grew up in the hood, and any court is a good court to me."
Serena, after being told the Australian Open will be putting a new surface down


:haha:

:lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:38 AM
I know this may just be for Serena quotes but I can't help but use this one from Mauresmo since you can include Serena in some way...

Mauresmo: "I don't like losing to the same player twice" (talking about playing Safarova)

LOL I found this quite funny since it would explain why she doesn't like Serena a whole lot.... :lol:

serenaforever
Jun 3rd, 2007, 01:02 AM
I know this may just be for Serena quotes but I can't help but use this one from Mauresmo since you can include Serena in some way...

Mauresmo: "I don't like losing to the same player twice" (talking about playing Safarova)

LOL I found this quite funny since it would explain why she doesn't like Serena a whole lot.... :lol:

True...

SJW
Jun 3rd, 2007, 04:59 PM
More gold from Serena...I was caught between saying "awwww" and laughing my head off :lol:

Sunday June 3rd 2007

(about her cynicism)
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, because when I was young, it still hurts to talk about it, but when we played those games in kindergarten, that was always duck, duck, duck, duck, goose, and I was never goose. So, you know, ever since then, it's always been, It's half empty. I'm never gonna be the goose, you know. I don't know if you know that game, but it's an American game. So it's just...


Q. Tell us about it.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, basically all the kids from the class sit in a circle, and then, you know, you pick one kid, and they go around, they touch the kid's head, they go around in a circle with all the kids, and they say, "Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck."

And then whoever they say goose to, the kid has to get up and chase the other kid around. The other kid has to get back around and sit down before the kid touches him.

And I always wanted to be the goose because I was really fast. So, you know, the kids kept choosing their friends. I didn't have many friends. I never got chosen unless it was about time for recess to be over with.

So, man, I need to talk to a shrink about this. I'm going too far into this. Never mind. I was never the goose (laughing).
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(about whether playing at home means you automatically win)
SERENA WILLIAMS: The Lakers don't win (laughter).
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(asked for the fourth time whether her and JH have talked about what happened in 2003)
SERENA WILLIAMS: Thanks. That's for me. (End of interview)
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:spit: @ the last one :haha: I think that transcript is supposed to say "Thanks. That's it for me".

serenaforever
Jun 3rd, 2007, 11:30 PM
More gold from Serena...I was caught between saying "awwww" and laughing my head off :lol:

Sunday June 3rd 2007

(about her cynicism)
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, because when I was young, it still hurts to talk about it, but when we played those games in kindergarten, that was always duck, duck, duck, duck, goose, and I was never goose. So, you know, ever since then, it's always been, It's half empty. I'm never gonna be the goose, you know. I don't know if you know that game, but it's an American game. So it's just...


Q. Tell us about it.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, basically all the kids from the class sit in a circle, and then, you know, you pick one kid, and they go around, they touch the kid's head, they go around in a circle with all the kids, and they say, "Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck."

And then whoever they say goose to, the kid has to get up and chase the other kid around. The other kid has to get back around and sit down before the kid touches him.

And I always wanted to be the goose because I was really fast. So, you know, the kids kept choosing their friends. I didn't have many friends. I never got chosen unless it was about time for recess to be over with.

So, man, I need to talk to a shrink about this. I'm going too far into this. Never mind. I was never the goose (laughing).
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(about whether playing at home means you automatically win)
SERENA WILLIAMS: The Lakers don't win (laughter).
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(asked for the fourth time whether her and JH have talked about what happened in 2003)
SERENA WILLIAMS: Thanks. That's for me. (End of interview)
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:spit: @ the last one :haha: I think that transcript is supposed to say "Thanks. That's it for me".

:lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 4th, 2007, 11:44 AM
LOL :spit: why do they keep bringing it up...they want a good off court rivalry too LOL

serenaforever
Jun 4th, 2007, 08:17 PM
LOL :spit: why do they keep bringing it up...they want a good off court rivalry too LOL

:lol:

SJW
Jun 6th, 2007, 12:21 PM
Courtesy of bbc.co.uk

Tuesday 5th June

"I feel violated."
Serena Williams goes into hyperbole after losing her quarter-final to Justine Henin in straight sets
"I don't think I've ever played so bad in the quarters of a grand slam."
And again
"Serena kept hitting balls in the net and Serena kept making errors."
Serena tries to pretend it was someone else playing Henin

StarDuvallGrant
Jun 6th, 2007, 01:06 PM
Courtesy of bbc.co.uk

Tuesday 5th June

"Serena kept hitting balls in the net and Serena kept making errors."
Serena tries to pretend it was someone else playing Henin

:lol: I can't get enough of this one. Take inspiration into Wimbledon Serena - it's been a good year, keep it up.

SJW
Jun 7th, 2007, 03:01 PM
:lol: I can't get enough of this one. Take inspiration into Wimbledon Serena - it's been a good year, keep it up.

I seriously think there's a "good Serena" and a "bad Serena" ala Goran :lol:

My favourite is actually the "I feel violated". I don't know why, but I find that hilarious.

serenaforever
Jun 7th, 2007, 05:07 PM
My favorite Serena quote of RG '07 was her remark about Pironkova in the 1st round, when Rena said "I knew that if I went down, there's a 99.9% chance that she won't win her next match". I loved that one.

Olórin
Jun 7th, 2007, 06:42 PM
Tennis really isn't as good without Serena, beating her means more than it means beating anyone else, and she can bring life to another wise dull tournament :o

serenaforever
Jun 7th, 2007, 11:47 PM
Tennis really isn't as good without Serena, beating her means more than it means beating anyone else, and she can bring life to another wise dull tournament :o

Yeah, Serena is great for the women's game, and Venus, too.

SJW
Jun 22nd, 2007, 12:40 PM
Quotes will be added from her appearance on Jonathon Ross tonight :devil:

Slutiana
Jun 22nd, 2007, 07:54 PM
cant wait:)

SJW
Jun 23rd, 2007, 09:02 PM
Yay. More Serena interviews :D

Sunday 23rd June

Q. At the French Open you might have heard about Federer, Djokovic, Nadal doing some karaoke to promote the tournament. If Wimbledon asked you to do the same thing, one would you do it and two, what would your tune be?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't sing.

Q. Not at all?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, not at all. I don't sing. It wouldn't be fun. It would start raining.
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Q. The Americans had a bad tournament last year. What do you think on behalf of the Americans this year?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I wasn't here, so...

Q. I know, but...
SERENA WILLIAMS: That's the answer. That's why. So now that I'm here, it should be different.

StarDuvallGrant
Jun 23rd, 2007, 09:19 PM
Well at least she's brought up her game a bit with her dancing. Maybe she takes after Lyndrea :lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:19 AM
Serena is so0o0 funny LOL

serenaforever
Jun 24th, 2007, 08:50 PM
Q. Tennis is about self-belief, isn't it? Although you're not No. 1 ranked in the world, do you believe you are the best player in the world among the women at the moment?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Like I said, I believe I'm definitely the best player if I'm playing well, it's hard for anyone to beat me. Like I said, it's not even a belief; it's more of a fact.

I LOVE THIS ONE!

doni1212
Jun 25th, 2007, 02:28 AM
I love the one in my signature, :devil:

SJW
Jun 25th, 2007, 10:46 PM
Monday 25th June 2007

Q. Is there an injury you want to tell us about or can tell us about?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Not that I want to tell you about, no (smiling).
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Q. Was there any point there where you think to yourself in the first set, I can't lose to this person? What goes through your mind? What are you telling yourself at that point?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I told myself, I have a better chance of winning Wimbledon than my opponent, so it's best that I win.
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Q. What were you thinking after the ninth game of the first set, put her in position to serve for it?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I thought my my goal was not to lose serve. I was really disappointed. I wasn't serving well. I lost serve because I kept making errors. I was just really frustrated at that point. I just wanted to just smash my racquet.

But seeing that it's gold, I can't, which is great for me. I needed this. Any other time I think I would have smashed it.
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MrSerenaWilliams
Jun 25th, 2007, 11:01 PM
God I love that woman :hearts::lol:

StarDuvallGrant
Jun 25th, 2007, 11:39 PM
Monday 25th June 2007
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Q. Was there any point there where you think to yourself in the first set, I can't lose to this person? What goes through your mind? What are you telling yourself at that point?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I told myself, I have a better chance of winning Wimbledon than my opponent, so it's best that I win.
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Seems to me the media is rather arrogant/confident with regards to Serena. Must be where she gets it :angel:

SJW
Jun 27th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Wednesday 27th June

Q. How would you describe your sister as a doubles player?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, she's the best. All she does is serve, and I just stand there. Sometimes I don't even move, she plays all the points. My favorite word is "yours." Her volleys are way better than me. Mine are good, but hers are on a different level.
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Q. On Saturday you mentioned when you're playing well, nobody should beat you. You think you ought to be the favorite.

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't think I said I ought to be the favorite.

Q. Not favorite, but you think no-one can beat you.

SERENA WILLIAMS: I said when I'm playing well, it's hard for anyone to beat me. I think it's just a fact.

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You tell em Serena :armed:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 27th, 2007, 10:34 PM
that should settle matters...she said its difficult not that its impossible...I love her :)

SJW
Jul 2nd, 2007, 10:52 PM
Monday 2nd July

Q. Daniela is obviously hurting for different reasons at the moment. How would you feel if you would have gone out and lost to a woman who was playing on one leg?

SERENA WILLIAMS: If she was Serena Williams, I wouldn't feel that bad (smiling).

:worship:

doni1212
Jul 3rd, 2007, 06:03 AM
I loved that one, lol.

:inlove:
Jul 3rd, 2007, 07:34 AM
Love it. :hearts: :hearts:
Does anyone have the full interview??

doni1212
Jul 3rd, 2007, 08:26 PM
Sure!

S. Williams 2 July
Monday, 2 July, 2007


S. WILLIAMS defeated D. Hantuchova

6‑2, 6‑7, 6‑2

THE MODERATOR: Serena Williams for you.


Q. At any time did you think about not completing that match?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I thought about, uhm, not finishing, but very briefly. I thought I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I hadn't at least tried.


Q. What's your feeling now, having come through that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I feel good about the accomplishment. I've never dealt with such pain. I can't believe ‑‑ I can't believe I won really.


Q. How much of a break was it to be able to leave the court and what kind of treatment did you receive? Could you have played had you not had the rain delay?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I think I was definitely saved by the rain. I couldn't move before the rain. Just everything stopped.

I was definitely saved by the rain.


Q. Is it a cramp?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I had a very bad acute muscle spasm in my left calf. Acute, as you know, is a really intense pain. I think I was crying at one point (laughter).


Q. What kind of advice did you get from the doctor when you went in during the rain delay?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I got a lot of advice 'cause it could be more serious than I think ‑‑ he thought it could be more serious till we got some scans on it.

You know, for me, my career for me is still young, and I feel like I have a big future. He was worried about me ruining the future potentially. But at the same time, once we got everything in order, it looked pretty good.


Q. How did you assess your options at that point?

SERENA WILLIAMS: At that point I just thought ‑‑ I thought I was going to go back on the court no matter what. I thought, you know, I just had to go back out.


Q. What within you gave you the strength to come back?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, like I said, I would have felt weird if I hadn't tried. I mean, if I'd have came back and I wasn't able to do anything, then it just ‑‑ I would have felt okay. At least I tried. You can't knock anyone for trying.

So I just would have felt bad if I didn't try.


Q. Do you rank this among your gutsiest matches?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Definitely because I had little to no movement at all. It was all about just hanging in there and hitting aces, you know, just going for it.


Q. Did you sense at any stage that she was crumbling, you were showing that strength to come back and that was having an impact on her?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I was just really focused on me because I was dealing with so many things, I just wanted to focus on what I was going to do. I didn't really sense it too much.

I think at some point every player senses something about their opponent, and I did get something. But I was always really just focused on what I was going to do.


Q. Straight after the rain break, it looked like you could barely run. It obviously did loosen up a fair bit during that final set, didn't it?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah. I just decided at one point, you know, it was over and I was going to die trying. I figured my heart wouldn't give out, so I had a good chance of making it.


Q. What kind of treatment did you have on the break?

SERENA WILLIAMS: A lot of ice, a lot of massage, drinking a lot of fluids, like tons of fluids. Ice, massage, yeah, that's it pretty much.


Q. We're not used to seeing you physically vulnerable on the court. Is that the most exposed you've ever felt physically in a match?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I definitely think so. I never really got so emotional on the court. I definitely think so. I think, you know, when you can pull through those matches, no matter what happens, it's like it's a good step in the right direction.


Q. The way you played the final set, does it tell you something that you can use that for the rest of your matches? Two, the pants you wore, the Nadal pants, you wore, you looked great in them. Are you going to continue to wear them?

SERENA WILLIAMS: First, going for broke is all I could do pretty much. You know, I have that game. It was good that the rain came. It was good that it was on grass because the court stays low, you can hit hard and pretty much go for winners.

Is it something I would do in the future? Probably not, because it's a very low‑percentage game. It's very low percentage. You make a lot of errors, a lot of winners, but it's pretty much...


Q. Did you take a pain killing shot at all?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I don't do shots. I don't like needles.


Q. And the pants?

SERENA WILLIAMS: This is the Serena line actually from Nike. I like Nadal's pants, so... (Smiling).


Q. Can you turn around and think in terms of playing an opponent of Henin's quality as early possibly as tomorrow?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I think getting through today is great. That's the only thing I'm focused on right now, just to fix what I have going on and go from there . So I'm excited about getting that done.


Q. How did you keep going for the last four games considering you wanted to go for the toilet break?

SERENA WILLIAMS: God, I had to use the bathroom so bad because I kept drinking so much fluid. I don't know. I just kept thinking to myself, one more game. I kept saying to myself one more game, until finally there were no games left.


Q. Were you irritated when she hit the dropshot in the fourth game?

SERENA WILLIAMS: That pretty much set it off for me. After that, I was so motivated to win. I was like, you know what, I'm going to do this. You know, I'm going to die trying.

You know, I just ‑‑ I don't know why that particularly made me so upset, but it was just like, you know what, this is it. I'm not going down today. I mean, no. There's no way.


Q. I couldn't quite read your lips on that. Could you share with us what you were saying?

SERENA WILLIAMS: (Laughter) I said, Well, Serena, get the ball next time (using an English accent). That's what I said.


Q. Would you have done the same thing in her shoes?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Absolutely. Like I don't know why I got so upset. Maybe it was just something in me that I needed to give me a push. But I would have absolutely done the same thing, if not more.

But I don't know what it was. Maybe it was just the wrong play at that time against me.


Q. Did you feel anything coming on at all in the games before or before you went out?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I felt a little something. But I've never had an injury like this ever, ever. So I didn't know what it was. I just thought, okay, I need some more Gator Lights and some salt. I asked the umpire for some salt and stuff. Little did I know.


Q. When you conferred with the umpire, were you asking to stop, that it was too dark?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No. I had to use the bathroom really bad and he told me I couldn't go.


Q. You said you weren't going to smash the gold racquet. That was the gold racquet you smashed.

SERENA WILLIAMS: I didn't smash a racquet.


Q. You were warned, weren't you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I have a bad memory (laughter).


Q. What of this situation for the doubles match?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm desperately hoping I can pull it together tomorrow. I'm really ready to play the doubles. I've been looking forward to this match since the draw came out. I can only hope and pray that I can make it.


Q. Given what happened today, could you walk away if you took a loss to Justine and say that you gave it your best this tournament, no biggy?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know what, I don't want to lose. I mean, I just want to get better. But with that being said, I didn't ‑‑ when I went down, I didn't expect to be able to get up. So I was really like ‑‑ so in a way, to kind of get this far is pretty good because, like I said, I was in a lot of pain.


Q. How does this compare to the Sharapova match at The Championships when you had all that abdominal trouble in the third set?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Hmm, I don't know. They're about the same. Abdominal is different because everything you do, you use your abs from moving your arms to laughing to walking, everything. You don't realize that until you strain your abdominals.

Honestly, I was literally saved by the rain. It gave me a second chance.


Q. What did you think when you went down with the injury?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Okay, I thought I was going down. It was slow motion. I was like ‑‑ 'cause I felt it in my leg. And I was like, oh, I tried to hit it, because someone told me if you ever get something, if you punch it like right in the area it goes away.

Just as I was trying to hit it, like I saw my leg go in and I just went down. It was like I was falling in slow motion.


Q. Daniela is obviously hurting for different reasons at the moment. How would you feel if you would have gone out and lost to a woman who was playing on one leg?

SERENA WILLIAMS: If she was Serena Williams, I wouldn't feel that bad (smiling).