View Full Version : Serena Willimas- The *complete* post-match interview

May 30th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Q. Before that match, I think you had 3 to 0 record against her. Was she a different opponent today than before? And also, I think she broke you in the opening game of the first set. Were you surprised that she played so aggressively today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No. The last time I played her, she was really, really aggressive, and she played really, really well. So I knew it was going to be a tough match going in today.

Q. You've told us how much you have dedicated yourself this year, so does that make this loss even more disappointing in the context?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah. But, you know, my hard work is definitely not in vain, so just go into the next match.

Q. Was it a case today that you never really felt like you were getting into it with her, or more of something she did?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I felt like I was able to get into it, but I just felt like I missed a lot of easy shots and a lot of key points that I felt like could have turned the match around. I wasn't able to capitalize on a lot of that.

Q. Can you just talk about some of the big‑point play? Because shots you normally routinely hit, some volleys, overheads, some returns, just didn't seem to be. Were you a little bit nervous on them?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I wasn't nervous. She was getting a lot of balls back, and I might have let that get into my head. I should have just made my shot. She was just making some shots I don't think she's ever made before, or she probably would be in the top 2.

But, you know, that was just, I guess, her game today.

Q. You've taken some tough losses before, but this is pretty much of a stunner with your form coming in here. You've been playing well. You've had a good record this year. Agreed?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, definitely. You know, I knew it was going to be a tough match, but what can I say? She just played unbelievable today.

Q. You said she got a lot of balls back. Did you feel you were pressing at times? Was that you feeling? You were going for things a little bit earlier than you wanted to?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Definitely. I felt like I needed to press, to kind of stay in it, I guess. But I don't know. I guess it just didn't work for me today.

Q. How do you feel this morning? Was this the case of waking up on the wrong side of the bed, or...

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I felt good. I thought I had a good practice, and, you know, I thought, you know, everything was, you know, going to go better. Obviously than wasn't how it went.

Q. Now you're out of the tournament. Do you give your sister, Venus, a good chance to keep the family spirits high?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I hope. You know, I'm definitely rooting for her.

Q. Do you think because she bailed through the first two rounds, do you give her a chance to get far here?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, she's playing really well. She's been working really hard. So, you know, I think ‑‑ hopefully it will pay off.

Q. Can you tell us, Serena, how you prepare for Wimbledon?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Um, just, you know, same thing: a lot of practice and just still trying to stay really fit.

Q. Do you think the back injury in Rome might have had any effect at all, preparation‑wise in terms of how you ended up playing under pressure here?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I don't think that had any effect at all. I just don't think I played well overall in this tournament, so...


Q. In your first two matches, did you have any sense of concern about the level of your own game, or did you see this coming at all yourself?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I mean, I didn't think I played well. Like I said in each of my interviews, I didn't feel like I played well after my first match or my second match.

But, you know, I wish I'd have played better as the tournament goes on, so...

Q. When you're in a little bit of trouble, do you think if it hadn't been on clay you'd have more chance to get out of it?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I feel like my chances were really good on clay, because I really like to play on clay. You know, maybe grass, yeah, because it's so fast. But, you know, she plays kind of a fast game, too.

Q. You seem puzzled. Is that a good way to describe how you feel?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I'm not puzzled at all. I just don't want to be here. (laughter.)

Q. Are you still being treated for the injury you picked up in Rome?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah. Definitely. I've been treated every day, so I don't ‑‑ it doesn't get worse and it's been getting a lot better. It's almost perfect.

Q. So it's still there?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah. But, I mean, that's not the reason, you know, I lost today or anything.

Q. Okay. Just curious.


Q. Looking at the stat sheet, you only encountered, I think, one break point out of eight, and she converted three out of four. What made those difference on the key moments of the match?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I just missed some easy shots. I think that was the difference. And she made hers, so...

Q. Serena, I know it's quickly after the match, but if you could just rewind it and do it again, would you do things differently, other than just take care of the big points?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, obviously. There's a lot of things I would try to do different. But, you know, you can't rely on time.

Q. First two match points you get them back, and, you know, there's the thought, Okay, Serena gets back to deuce. You've been in tough matches before and turned them around. Were you, thinking, Okay, I'm back in it now. All I have to do is get a couple of points and maybe I can find myself?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, absolutely. That's what I was thinking. That's kind of always what I think. You know, just, Okay, if I could just win these two points, then, you know, I think I'd be okay.

Q. Then you get to the third match point and that forehand, which for you usually isn't that difficult. You yank it wide. Were you just hesitant there?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I just yanked a lot of them wide today. I guess it was just another one.

Q. Obviously your opponent was at 120% today. What prevented you from playing at your max, or even above?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. Thanks.

May 30th, 2008, 02:11 PM
This is the most open post-interview I've read from Serena Williams or from almost any other player. No defensiveness, no excuses, just answering the questions.

May 30th, 2008, 02:16 PM
Umm, Kata really didn't play that well today, she volleyed well and got a lot of balls back. But she was hitting some wild shots like Serena aswell.

May 30th, 2008, 02:19 PM
She gave credit to her opponent for playing well!:eek:

May 30th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Funny how this thread got less posts. :lol:

Il Primo!
May 30th, 2008, 02:47 PM
I just wonder how haters would manage to make her sound like a sore loser this time. The one who succeeds in it is a genius :worship:

May 30th, 2008, 02:49 PM
It's not good news when Serena is complimentary to her opponent.

May 30th, 2008, 02:49 PM
Some nice words from Serena. Kata:worship:

May 30th, 2008, 02:50 PM
Funny how this thread got less posts. :lol:


May 30th, 2008, 02:53 PM
:haha: The haters have just covered their eyes and scrolled straight past :D

May 30th, 2008, 02:55 PM
It's like Serena's a different person today. :eek: "Played unbelievable", "top 2", etc. It's almost too much. That aura of invincibility was almost back and now it's gone again. :sad:

May 30th, 2008, 02:57 PM
What's wrong with this interview? Serena expressed her disappointment with herself for losing, noted that she played badly, and complimented Srebotnik. Even for those that hate Serena, it's hard to find fault with this interview.

May 30th, 2008, 03:12 PM
What's wrong with this interview? Serena expressed her disappointment with herself for losing, noted that she played badly, and complimented Srebotnik. Even for those that hate Serena, it's hard to find fault with this interview.
You answered your own question, my friend. ;)

May 30th, 2008, 03:27 PM
In the first round against Harkleroad everyone was picking Serena for having played the best match of the day, now everyone agrees with her when she is saying that she wasn´t playing well during all her matches in this tournament...
She said the same she always says which is the requirements to beat her:
=Her opponent having to play something really out of this world
=She has to play a bad match also, because she can´t lose if she plays well and her opponent plays well.

I never saw Serena saying: "I played well but she played better and that´s why she won"

May 30th, 2008, 03:35 PM
:worship: So happy for her . She took the loss like she should and is moving on a bit

Am glad :smooch:

May 30th, 2008, 03:38 PM
Very nice interview from Serena. Well, we all know her for a long time and she hates to lose as much as anybody else, but in the past she was often not really nice in such specific interviews. There was always this annoying glance of arrogance which never suited her well. But this one is nice and I really appreciate. Of course it must be a huge shock for her, but she handled it like a true champion. Bravo Serena and heads up.:hug:

May 30th, 2008, 03:41 PM
Where is The Kaz ?

This was generally a nice interview, people that obviously don't FULLY understand the english language are picking bits they want to read and taking it out of context.

In the words of Serena - i guess it is their lack of formal education :)

I feel better now, everything is OK. Nice interview :)

May 30th, 2008, 03:42 PM
Oh and Serena Willimas

:haha: Read it out loud :lol:

May 30th, 2008, 03:45 PM

Vaidisova Ruled
May 30th, 2008, 03:49 PM
:haha: The haters have just covered their eyes and scrolled straight past :D
she kinda lost today. the "haters" are happy and don't give a damn

May 30th, 2008, 03:51 PM
she kinda lost today. the "haters" are happy and don't give a damn

Then you need to look around the board a bit more. :tape:

May 30th, 2008, 05:18 PM
I can hardly believe the dumb questions that losing players get asked. Serena handled the junk thrown at her from reporters quite well. Its on to grass.

May 30th, 2008, 05:29 PM
Funny how this thread got less posts. :lol:
Yeah. I just noticed that. I thought it was strange. A couple posters think it's because of people doing that "hater" thing but who knows. I don't consider myself a Serena Williams fan per se but I do give credit where credit seems due.

May 30th, 2008, 05:34 PM
Serena is my girl but if this was one of her "serious" competitors like Maria or u know who, the tone would have been completely different.
Top athletes cant give the close competition even an inkling of belief that there is a dent in the armour.