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Infiniti2001
Jul 4th, 2002, 08:01 PM
The interview thread is no longer accepting :( Anyway here goes..

V. WILLIAMS/J. Henin
July 4th
6-3, 6-2
Q. Your sister is winning seems to be fairly easily right now. What would it take for the two of you to bring out the best in each other?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know. I've been posed this question so many times, I just don't know.

Q. What was the best match you think you've had against her?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know.

Q. What does the 4th of July mean to you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't really celebrate any holidays. I don't know. Oh, gosh (laughter).

Q. You had a pretty good American contingent decked out in stars and stripes cheering you on. Were you aware of that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I heard them from behind, but I didn't actually see them. I heard them a couple of times. That was nice. It's not too often that I have a stand cheering for USA. Always quite a few countries out there that support their players, but not always USA, so that was nice.

Q. The difference with last year's final, were you better or was she weaker? What was the difference?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know (laughter). I guess I don't know too much today. I just think that I was just maybe more solid than what she was. She played very well. Actually, once I got to 4-Love, I felt I had to push even more because she was playing consistently, returning my serves better, running a lot of my approach shots down that I was hitting for winners earlier.
So I just think that I was able to play the more important points better, those breakpoints and things like that.

Q. Did she just get going a little quicker than you did? It was 2-Love, then you won eight in a row.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, not really, because I think that the first two games, it took like 15 minutes. By then I was nice and warmed up. But I think that I was returning serves much better. She hardly got any free points off her serve, which usually she gets a lot more. A lot of pressure when the ball keeps coming back.

Q. How would you describe what the matches have been like with Serena? What are the common dominators? What makes it so difficult to play at your best level for each of you, do you think?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just a lot of unforced errors basically.

Q. Are you looking forward to the final on Saturday or your doubles match later today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, been on the doubles schedule four days now without playing. Looks like we'll play today.

Q. Is it good for tennis that you guys are at this level where you're often going to meet in Grand Slam finals?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think it's good for tennis. I think it's good for Serena and I more than anything.

Q. What makes it good? What do you think the appeal is?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think that it's just something that's been unprecedented, never seen before. We make the headlines and the cover stories, all the news, because it's Serena and I, it's something that's never happened. See if she does get the final, I'm going to try to get out there as soon as I can, it's going to be big news again.
That's how tennis gets in the news, when there's amazing things happening.

Q. A lot of people look at the No. 2 player in the world and say that Serena has a tough forehand, great serve, particularly the second, good movement. What would your scouting report be of Serena and what makes her so tough to play on court?
VENUS WILLIAMS: She's a great competitor, big serve, lots of power, great forehand, lots of movement (smiling).

Q. What strokes gives you the most problem?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Really, just has an all-around game. She can do anything. A game pretty much similar to mine, so I respect that, and I know where she's coming from.

Q. Are you afraid your baby sister is going to take your crown and No. 1 slot?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I suppose I didn't win the French Open, but I'm going to do my best here at Wimbledon. That's all I can do.

Q. In most families that are fortunate enough to have more than one child make it to the pros, still there's usually a case of one sibling becoming dominant over the other. What makes you two too stubborn for one to surrender to the other?
VENUS WILLIAMS: We both love to win. I'm not used to losing. It doesn't happen that often. It's quite the same with her. You know, when I go home, I've managed to lose, I can't believe it. So I just don't get there that often. I think that's what makes it the same for both of us.

Q. Is it something when you were five, six years old, or did it have to be instilled in you by your dad and mom as you played?
VENUS WILLIAMS: What? Instilled what?

Q. In other words, did you want to win when you picked up a racquet when you were six years old, or did they say, "You have to win"? You just had fun and you had to learn to win?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think for sure when I got on the professional tour, I did have to learn to win. I did win most of the times, but the more important matches, you have to learn to win those, sure.
But I think we just had a lot of positive reinforcement, is the main thing. I think that's why we both have been able to be so successful because there's a lot of tennis players, and they're self-motivated, they started themselves. I think what happened is that my parents started us, and they both believed in us. So that's really been the main thing, why we've done so well.

Q. Is it getting any easier to play Serena, the more you play her?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Not really, because she keeps getting better.

Q. What about emotionally?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It's all the same. When I walk out there, I realize I'm playing the No. 2 player, a real powerhouse, I've got to be on my toes.

Q. You were talking after the French Open that the way you guys hit your strokes is part of what contributes to the matches maybe not being as high a level of tennis as your matches against some other people. Do you think that's going to change at all or because of the way you play, that will always be the case?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, just unforced errors double maybe than if I was playing someone like Henin who maybe doesn't make as many errors.

Q. Reportedly there's a guy who is stalking your sister. If your dad got a hold of that guy, what do you think he'd do to him?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Probably take him to lunch.

Q. He was in court this morning at Wimbledon magistrate and actually released. Does that worry you that he is still free? Will it affect your game at all?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all. I don't think I could really comment on it.

Q. You've described how tough it is to play your sister from the pure tennis standpoint. What is the mental side of it, seeing your sister on the other side of the court?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think the only difference between playing my sister and playing someone else is that I want to win, but I want her to win also basically, because I want the best for her - but yet I am still going out there strong.

Q. Does that affect play, do you think?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all.

Q. What are you having for your power breakfast on Saturday?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't really eat breakfast.

Q. Nothing before you go on the court?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I kind of wait till lunch.

Q. Serena was talking about how you guys practice, she thinks you're elevating each other's games because you're practicing against each other every day. Have there been some practice sessions where afterwards you guys have just said, "Boy, I wish we could do this in a final," because they've been so intense?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think that a lot of the times I'll see her doing well, be, "Oh, I've got to pick up a few of those things she's doing." At times I'll be doing something, she said, "Venus, you really push me to do better." I suppose that's real nice.

Q. Do you think your friendship with Serena will survive if you keep doing the finals?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, for sure.

Q. Are you afraid that the media, everybody tries to make a rivalry between you two to make things more interesting?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I don't know. I mean, there's always so many issues that people try to put in your head. But I don't have any issues (laughter).

Q. With Jennifer and now Justine losing, do you think you and Serena are the most improved players on the women's tour?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I don't know. But I think that right now we're playing the best tennis in the past few weeks, which is quite important since this is the high point of the Grand Slam season. So it's nice to play great tennis at this time of the year.

Q. If you had to ask a question to Serena, what would you ask? If she had to ask you a question, would you like -- what would you like her to ask you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know. That's my favorite word today. I ask her all kinds of questions.

Q. Just ask her a question, what would you like to know from her that you don't know?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I know most things.

Q. What particularly pleased you about your match today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think that this was the best match that I've played the whole tournament, and the fact that I did play a very good player, someone who knows how to play on grass. The intensity level was very high. And I think that I rose my game to the occasion, especially on the groundstrokes, because I have not been hitting my groundstrokes well.
I think my serve went down today, but as far as going into the final, I think my serve and my groundstrokes are both going to have to be there.

Q. You told us you don't celebrate holidays, you don't eat breakfast. What else don't you do that's of interest or of importance?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I don't drink milk. I like jello, cranberries. I have a sticker collection.

Q. When you said you didn't celebrate holidays, did you ever go to a fireworks demonstration at all on the 4th, either in California or Florida?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Maybe when I was younger. We love fireworks. That's the highlight of your life, fireworks, when you're young.

Infiniti2001
Jul 6th, 2002, 07:41 PM
S. WILLIAMS/V. Williams
7-6, 6-3

MODERATOR: Good afternoon. Venus Williams. First question, please.

Q. Do you have something to your shoulder, an injury?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'm okay, thank you.

Q. After the match, you sat down for a minute, then you started talking. What were you chatting about, if you'd be willing to share?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, just of what to do in the ceremony basically. If you don't know, then you don't know, if someone doesn't tell.

Q. Can you run through your emotions now?
VENUS WILLIAMS: My what?

Q. Your emotions. Are you more disappointed that you lost? More happy for your sister? More thrilled by the way you played?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just normal. I would have liked to have won, but once again, too late.

Q. What was the difference in today's match? What did you see in Serena that made her the champion?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Really, I just think that she just had a better shot. I think I played well, to be honest, and high-percentage tennis. She just was pressing and hitting a lot of forceful shots.

Q. Did you feel at times your serve let you down today? Was that the big factory?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I did have some double-faults on breakpoints, but I don't really feel like my serve let me down today, not really.

Q. You're serving not as fast as you have here in the past. Is that the court, the balls, or is it your shoulder?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just trying to last for all the matches now, not just one game.

Q. Are you consciously letting off a little bit?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just I'm going for a higher first serve - how about that - percentage. I like that answer.

Q. Serena is more brave and violent than you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I guess you'll have to make your own assumption.

Q. Yesterday twice she makes stop when you begin to speak. She answered on the question.
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I like to give her her space and let her speak.

Q. Have you ever seen Serena hit her backhand like that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Really, she was just tremendous today. I think that it wasn't like a lot between us. But just on some of those points, she was getting some that I couldn't get.

Q. Did the quality of tennis seem much higher to you guys as it did to us?
VENUS WILLIAMS: We were just doing our best. We both wanted to win.

Q. Was it fun, especially the first set with the tiebreak, going back and forth?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Maybe if I had won, it might have been a little more fun. But having lost, I had more pressure on me to win the second set (laughter).

Q. You now have lost the two last Grand Slams to someone who is now the No. 1 player in the world. What do you have to do to beat her?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just get down in there and fight. That's my best answer.

Q. As talkative as the two of you are during doubles, when you had the changeovers on today's match, was there -- as focused as you are, was there any point where you had the urge to talk to Serena?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, no.

Q. That last break against you, when you double-faulted, were you feeling tired at that point? Was there a little bit of tension you felt? What happened on that one shot?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just a bad choice. I would have chose differently if I could have. But there it was.

Q. How proud are you right now of your sister? What sort of show do you think you put on today compared with the other Grand Slam finals you've met in?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think, you know, it's great to see Serena doing well because for a while there she wasn't doing her best. I didn't think she was doing the best that she could do. So now I think she has to feel better that she's taken full advantage of her career.

Q. And the show you put on today compared with the other Grand Slam finals?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes, we're entertainers. We always want the crowd and everyone watching the game to be entertained, basically.

Q. In the past, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert dominated women's tennis. Then there was a period when Steffi was dominant. Now you and Serena have the upper hand. If you have to say to those critics that say it's bad you're both dominant now, how would you respond to them?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I wouldn't respond.

Q. What do you think? Do you think it's good for women's tennis that the two of you are in a dominant position?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think so.

Q. In what way?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think that we get a lot of attention for not just only women's tennis, but tennis in general. People are watching tennis now.

Q. You both were stretching each other an awful lot, running down balls. Did you think while you were playing, reflecting afterwards, that was the best the two of you have played against each other? Seemed that way to us.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just less unforced errors. Only this.

Q. But you both were going for lines, corners, making them?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I don't think I was going for it as much as Serena, but I don't play the same game as she plays. For her, it's all or nothing. For me, it's not this.

Q. Did she or anybody else make you run as much as this one?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Not normally. But you've got to have plan B. I'm glad that I can get to those balls, to be honest.

Q. As the older one, you were expected to care for and look after your sister for a long time. Is it maybe harder for you to beat her than it is for her? What does these last two Grand Slams mean for the hierarchy or order in the family?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Basically I think it's my responsibility to take care of each other more than anything. As far as the rest of the question, I don't really remember it, but I think that we're both pretty much in the same position.

Q. Talent is universal. You are a little bit sad. How do you stay with the dancing and singing, playing instrument with the music so generally?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't understand.

Q. You said last year Serena wasn't really playing up to her potential, and that's why she wasn't doing as well. There were specific things she had to do, get her emotions under control, work on some of her shots. What do you have to do to get back to the dominant position you were in last summer?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I still feel that I am in a dominant position, but it's virtually -- it's almost impossible to win every match. I aspire to do so, but it doesn't always happen.
But normally, I have a high winning percentage, that's what it takes, I guess hang in here and stay on tour, is to win some and lose some.

Q. Is it getting any emotionally easier to play Serena in these matches or is it still tough inside?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, it never was difficult.

Q. It's not difficult emotionally?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No.

Q. What do you think you can learn to your younger sister now?
VENUS WILLIAMS: What can I teach her?

Q. Yes.
VENUS WILLIAMS: As far as what?

Q. What you can learn.
VENUS WILLIAMS: What can I learn?

Q. Yes.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, I don't know. I guess we just try to take the best from each other, even on and off the court. Just we're role models for each other to see what each other's doing good. I suppose with each other, what we're doing bad. But I don't criticize her. That's the only thing I won't do.

Q. Will you get treatment on your shoulder?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just going to rest for the doubles. It's good that I don't have to serve every other game.

Q. Do you believe you will be the world No. 1 again?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, that's what I'm here for, to be on top. Not trying to linger around at No. 2.
But I've done my personal best this year. I don't think I could do more.

Q. I noticed that you had your chair facing the Royal Box, whereas Serena was facing the court. Was that just incidental or did you prefer not to be able to see Serena at the changeovers?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. She turns her chair. I just sit how they come. They were sitting like that. They were facing that way.

Q. What do you think the rest of the tour thought? It seems like the only two who can get your shots are each other. What do you think the rest of the women's tour thought as they were watching that match today in terms of the bar?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Not sure, to be honest. I never gave it any thought.

Q. Are there times when you hit a shot that you think nobody else would have gotten that except Serena?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, sure. But then again, I think there's a lot of times that maybe she wouldn't have gotten it. Just today she played very well. Really, I kept my balls most times deep and on the line, and she kept returning them deep and on the line. So what can you do with this?

Q. Was she simply unbeatable today, if anybody plays her or even you at your best? Given what you just said, even you at your best you couldn't have beaten her?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I hope. I'm never going to count myself out. If the match wasn't over, I still wouldn't count myself out (laughter).
But I think that for anyone to compete against her like this, it's going to be very difficult.

Q. What kind of instructions did you give her about going to get the plate, what she needed to do?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, no one told me the first year that you have to curtsy. So I was just running around like a fool (laughter).
I made it a point to tell her that you have to curtsy. I said, "Did you know that?" She said, "No." "Well, you have to curtsy."
Actually, that was about it.

Q. Was it strange not having the Duchess of Kent out there?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I liked this Duchess very much, too (laughter).

Q. At what level does it hurt to lose your Wimbledon crown?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It's not fun losing, no matter who you lose to. Doesn't matter. It's not something that I'm going to get used to or try to adjust to because I'm not one for losing often. So naturally I'm going to go out there and try to win the very next time.

Q. Does the shoulder hurt at all? Do you need ice?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Going to take some time between the singles and doubles. That's all I can do.

Q. Feel like muscle more than bone?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know.

Q. What is the different atmosphere in the final US Open, the French Open, and here? Did you realize that today there were no more than a hundred black people watching the match?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I love this court. I like the way it plays. I like the stadium. As far as black people watching the match, well, maybe more will come out next time, I hope. But I think that everyone there thoroughly enjoyed the game. That's what's most important.


I still love my baby :P

QueenO
Jul 9th, 2002, 03:51 PM
WILLIAMS-WILLIAMS/Ruano Pascal-Suarez
6-2, 7-5

MODERATOR: Venus and Serena. Over to you.

Q. This is what we would call a double whammy, meaning you have two titles. How are you going to celebrate now?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm going to eat candy, rest, get off of the practice court and just relax, relax, relax.

Q. Chris Evert was saying today that you guys have set the new standard in tennis. It's up to the other players now to see how they're going to react to make it interesting. Could I just get your reaction to that? Is that how you see it, as well?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, we've had a great past, I guess, six weeks with the French Open and the Wimbledon. But we realize that that doesn't make a career. We want to just keep our level up, at this level that we're playing now, and also to improve.
So we're more or less basically concentrating on ourselves.

Q. Would you consider playing mixed doubles now?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Not anymore. It's too much. It's just definitely too much.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Too many events. We're old (laughter).

Q. So many people look at the prediction your dad made about the two of you a long time ago, 1 and 2. In the big picture, what do you think about a guy saying that his two kids, when they're still very young, are going to become No. 1 and 2, and it actually happens?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think you should ask this guy who is going to win the races.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I don't know. It's just really not bold, but I guess if you know you're working for something and you know that you put a lot of work into it, only good can come out of it.

Q. Has he made any other predictions that are either pretty good or pretty bad?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Have to find out. I don't know.
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, not lately.

Q. Have you spoken to him this weekend?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, of course. I speak to him almost every day. I haven't talked to him today yet, but yesterday, yeah.

Q. What did he say?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I was unfortunately going out to play another doubles match. He just was saying to have fun, that's it.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Did he know the result already?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm not sure he even knew the result.

Q. In the past, you said he was busy. He's been such a presence at the tournaments, now he hasn't been at Roland Garros and he hasn't been here. Can you explain what the real reason your dad is not here is?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, he just had other things to do. My mom is also our coach. She also travels with us. There's really no big reason.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just to follow up on that, we're just like regular people, we're growing up, making our own decisions. Our dad doesn't always want to be there. He wants to live his life, too.

Q. Doesn't seem to make any difference whether he comes or not?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It makes a big difference, for sure.

Q. You still win.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, but we still miss him.

Q. How do you miss him?
VENUS WILLIAMS: He's just so motivating. He's really motivating.

Q. Have you thought about what if anything you'll contribute to the Wimbledon museum?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I contributed my dress, the one I wore in the match, my shoes and socks.

Q. What is that, to just know you'll be able to go in there for years and years to come and see a part of yourself in that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, the museum is so historic, just has so much stuff in it. When I went there the other day, I knew that I wanted to contribute something to the museum. You can see the times change. It's definitely really spectacular. I'm really excited.

Q. Have you ever seen the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No.

Q. You must visit, because you'll both be in there one day.
VENUS WILLIAMS: All right.
SERENA WILLIAMS: We hope.

Q. It's settled. You've done enough. When you won the US Open, you got a call from President Clinton. Did you get any call on Saturday?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I didn't get any calls. They'll be calling us too much at this rate (laughter).

Q. In terms of your nerves, how was today compared to yesterday?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Actually, I think I was a little tight today going out there. Venus really had to calm me down and say, "You know, just calm down, enjoy the battle." So I think I was a little too much tight.

Q. Your fitness, what is your suggestion for 15-, 16-year-old girls, what to do for fitness like you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think just practice a lot, run a lot on the court. I think that's the best suggestion when you're that young.

Q. Something special for muscles?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, it's not good to lift weights so young.

Q. Nothing to suggest?
VENUS WILLIAMS: We just do exercises to stabilize, not to build muscle.

Q. I was interested to see that you mentioned the Bible in a couple of press conferences this week, spirituality. Could you share with us what parts of the Bible you particularly enjoy?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I pretty much enjoy all the Bible. It says all scriptures are inspired by God. The Old Testament I don't enjoy more than the New Testament. Our Bible is all comprised and all together. So I think you can learn from everything inside.
Obviously, there's a lot of scriptures that are motivating. I know the Book of Psalms is very motivating for me. But I can't really say there's one part that I like more. I don't know.

Q. Do you have a favorite Psalm or two?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, not really. I used to when I was younger, but not anymore.

Q. Why do you think you were tight today?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I just didn't want to let Venus down. I just didn't want to miss too many returns because it's okay in singles to let yourself down, but to let someone else down, it's not fair. I don't think I would be good on a team sport.

Q. You obviously want the best for your sister. Would you be upset if she never beat you again at singles?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't understand. That's a different question.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Probably not.

Q. Have you won every Grand Slam doubles event you ever entered?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yes.
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not that we've entered.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Not that we've entered. But we've won them all. We've never lost Wimbledon, have we?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No.

Q. How many Grand Slam events that you entered did you now win?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Five.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Five.

Q. Unless I'm mistaken, you've never lost to a player in back-to-back Grand Slams. Stroke-wise on court, what do you think you have to do to get back in terms of beating Serena?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I'm playing good already. Just it's hard to win every match. On occasions, I've been able to triumph in a lot of them. But especially in sports, you realize that's not always going to be the case and you just keep coming back.

Q. Are you worried at all that your little sister may be on a roll here, that you have to step it up next time round?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm definitely going to practice just as I would if I had won.

Q. After you won the doubles at the US Open last year, somebody asked you the question about visiting Africa. Serena answered you were still thinking of it. You were considering maybe South Africa, Nigeria. I know this is going to be decided by not you alone. I would like to know at this time if the interest is on your part?
SERENA WILLIAMS: We always have interest to go to different countries, especially Africa. Hopefully one day we'll be able to make it - and hopefully soon.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, definitely going to go. But not sure when.

Q. How long are you able to savor this before you need to start looking ahead to the rest of the season?
VENUS WILLIAMS: We're already looking ahead.
SERENA WILLIAMS: That was so yesterday (laughter).

Q. Is that so difficult that you're not able -- that you have such success, you can't savor it?
SERENA WILLIAMS: We have plenty of time in the future to savor it. Right now people are trying to get better and improve their games, so we're going to have to do something else.

Q. What do you like about Stanford, speaking of looking ahead?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know. I feel calm at that tournament. I enjoy myself. I have a little car. I drive around. Go to the mall. I just like it there.

Q. Where do you see the main challenges coming from in the near future in women's tennis? Which people do you think will put the most pressure on you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: All players are quite good. We had a wonderful, wonderful fortnight, but you can't expect to always have it the same.

Q. Do you ever have to temper your singles success against each other, the celebration of it, because you do go home to the same house at the end of the day?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Temper it?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, not necessarily.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't understand the question.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Do you ever reduce the celebration basically?

Q. In other words, if you beat Serena, is it harder to just let it all out?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No.
VENUS WILLIAMS: We never celebrate.
SERENA WILLIAMS: We never even celebrate. Almost there's no time. We're doing another thing. We're doing another interview.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Talking to you. Next flight.

Q. Aside from the awards ceremony and match point, will there be any one moment in the singles tournament that you think you'll recall years from now?
SERENA WILLIAMS: There's definitely a lot of great points in a couple different matches, but I can't think of any right now. Maybe I'd have to look at the film. When I look at the film, I can recall what's happening. I can say, "Oh, I'm going to do this here." But right now I can't.