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SerenaSlams
Jun 23rd, 2007, 05:16 PM
By Duncan Bech, PA Sport
sportinglife.com

Serena Williams has come to terms with her French Open nightmare by vowing she will never again exit a tournament "without a fight".

Williams was left seething by her capitulation to Justine Henin in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros earlier this month, allowing the eventual winner to register a simple 6-4 6-3 victory.

Since then she has engaged in a period of soul-searching and the 25-year-old is now confident she will enter Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, a more resilient player.

"I've thought about that performance a lot. Maybe I was a bit crazy in that game," he said.

"I haven't really been able to come to a conclusion as to why I played not only so flatly, but so horrendously, outrageously, absurdly.

"It was one of the worst matches I've ever played and it's not going to happen again. Let me repeat that, it's not going to happen again.

"In future I won't go out without a fight. If I do go out, it's going to be with a punch and with a bang."

Williams endured an injury-hit season last year with a knee problem forcing her to withdraw from Wimbledon and the French Open.

Accusations her commitment to tennis was waning were levelled amid a backdrop of declining form as she slumped to 140 in the world rankings - her lowest position since 1997.

But her surprise victory at the Australian Open in January pointed to a revival which she is convinced will continue at Wimbledon, where she was crowned champion in 2002 and 2003.

"I'm here to compete. I think I'm the best player out there when I'm playing well," she said.

"Like I always say, when I'm playing well it's hard for anyone to beat me. It's just a fact. I think a lot of people understand that.

"I don't think anyone that has to play me goes home and shouts with joy, although they play really hard against me.

"Tennis has always been a priority in my life and right now it's the same priority.

"The fact that I'm feeling good and that I'm not suffering with any injuries makes it easier to make it a priority.

"I don't have to go out and be in so much pain while playing. It just shows the dedication I have for myself and tennis."

Williams has been impressed by the form of sister Venus, who missed the Australian Open with a wrist injury, and she expects the 23rd seed to make an impact at the All England Club.

"Venus is the best grass court player in the draw. With her serve, her return, her volleys, she's always one to watch.

"She's extremely fit - this is the fittest I've ever seen her. She's playing really well. She's moving like the wind."

Williams, the American seventh seed, faces a simple opener against Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain, who was knocked out in the opening round of last year's championships.

"I always take the first round extremely seriously. From then on I take the rest of my matches really seriously," said Williams.

"Everyone in the first round really wants to take out a seed or a top player. I'm always really focused on that."


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-VSR-
Jun 23rd, 2007, 05:24 PM
I like that she knows that she didn't fight or even show any heart in that quarterfinal. It was just a horrible match. I think she'll be very determined... if she meets Henin in the QF... to whoop her ass once again. :D

sweetpeas
Jun 23rd, 2007, 05:29 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :wavey: :kiss: :cool: :) Wow.....So glad to hear that from Serena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

StarDuvallGrant
Jun 23rd, 2007, 07:44 PM
I like her attitude. I think she's highly motivated to win and win more this whole season. The 2007 start was a surprise for a lot of people, but I think she already had that fire lit under her going into the tournament full of commitment and determination. The FO is what it is and is the past. Wimbledon is another hurdle but one she's passed before and with flying colors. Serena can do it and I'm also pleased she and Venus are in doubles. Double the fun and entertainment for this fan.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:05 AM
I like her attitude. I think she's highly motivated to win and win more this whole season. The 2007 start was a surprise for a lot of people, but I think she already had that fire lit under her going into the tournament full of commitment and determination. The FO is what it is and is the past. Wimbledon is another hurdle but one she's passed before and with flying colors. Serena can do it and I'm also pleased she and Venus are in doubles. Double the fun and entertainment for this fan.

agreed :D