Venus Excited to Be Back in US
(Picture of Venus at the Player's Party in Amelia Island)
Venus Williams has returned to the United States after a memorable weekend playing Fed Cup and aiding the US to the victory.
"The past week has been amazing. I love playing Fed Cup; wearing that red, white, and blue and playing for my country is an amazing feeling. I enjoyed every moment and look forward to the SFs now. I want to bring home the Cup for the US."
"Venus and I started well. We both do well on grass, so that helped us more than the Germans. I mean we only lost 5 games between us in our two matches. Day 2 was nerve wrecking. I led 6-0 4-3 and got a bit tight. The only time this season that I did feel tight. It's rough having the pressure to close it out for your team. Christina did an amazing job to seal the deal in the third against Kerber. It was a huge shocking upset for the world #17 to beat the world #6. We were all so proud of her to do it. We all got a win that weekend, which we know probably won't happen every tie, but since it did we all leave winners and on a good note. I had a great time playing doubles with Mel and the whole weekend was such great teamwork. We all worked together hard in practices and it payed off with the win. Asia/Pacific is next and it will be tough."
Venus Williams, the #4 player in the world, is looking to keep going higher.
"I have won 2 singles events and the only 2 doubles events this season, I hope to keep adding to that total. I love playing with Na. She and I are great friends on the tour and we just enjoy ourselves so much on the court together. We just laugh and enjoy ourselves the whole time. And it is great to be the #1 doubles team too and to have done the Indian Wells/Miami double. We are proving to be a force in doubles."
Venus arrived immediately to Amelia Island looking to continue her Fed Cup success to the green clay of Amelia Island.
"It's a tough transition from grass to clay, but I will just have to deal with it. This is a great event; great fans and atmosphere. I hope to do well here."
Venus hit the practice courts for the first time today with father, Richard, and feels like she is ready to do well during the clay season.
"The clay season is always my least favorite part of the season. But I am determined to make sure I do extremely well this season. I am working and improving some things that I normally wouldn't do on other surfaces, hopefully it pays off."