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Day 10 - An interview with Serena Williams - Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Q. There seemed to be an enormous amount of frustration out there for you today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, nothing worked today. Some days you just have days like that.


Q. I feel like the Parisian crowd was not completely with you, but not against you like they were four years ago. So that's got to be just a little satisfaction compared to what we've seen four years ago?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I think they were definitely for Justine. But it doesn't matter. That really doesn't bother me.


Q. Tenative starts to the two opening games. Can you explain that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Pardon me?


Q. Tenative starts. You opened the first, second set with tenative starts, led to you being broken. How impactful were those to your result?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I don't think it was tenative. I just think it was -- I don't know what it was. I don't know. There's really no explanation for it. Just bad starts more than anything.


Q. Just talk about your ground strokes. You were in the match at times, but then it seemed like you were making a little bit of a push, forehands into the net, and you were flying your backhands a little bit. What was going on there?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. Just everything was going wrong. Usually, I don't hit in the net, like I think I hit so many errors today. I hit in the net a lot. And it was very frustrating. It was like -- even the first set, I saw that she had won 30 points and I had won 29 on the stats, but it was just, like, I didn't win the right ones. And I was just making all the errors and just playing like a maniac.


Q. It was kind of a subdued tone to the whole match, you know, kind of an almost slow, quiet feeling to it all. Was it the weight of the occasion? You never seemed to pop with energy or anything?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, I don't know. I mean, I can't answer that.


Q. Did you have any sense before you went on the court that things were just a little off for you? Or you were not feeling good? What was your feeling in practice or whenever?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I don't think I had a great practice. My routine was off. I'm very superstitious, and things weren't right, so...

That's not why I lost, though. I mean, I've got to get it in my mind that I've got to stop being so superstitious. But, you know, nothing really went right for me this morning, and it just continued on through the match.


Q. The Serena fire and growl just weren't there. Where were they?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I mean, Serena kept hitting balls in the net and Serena kept making errors. And it wasn't that. It was just that I couldn't hit my shots the way, you know, I was hitting them earlier or whatever.


Q. What are your routines, Serena, in practice?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I mean, I'm just a little more just -- I was hitting a little off in practice, as well, today. Well, I mean, for me, off. I'm always trying to do everything perfect. And then I just wanted different shots, and I just, you know, I just left my notebook in the locker room, so...


Q. Do you think Justine took a look?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I mean, there's nothing in there that would help her, so...


Q. Would you regard that this half of the draw is tougher?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think this half is always tougher. I'm always on the tougher half. So I mean, I think, you know, we had some good players on this half. We don't I don't really even know who is on the other half.


Q. How positive is it the way you and Justine left the court? I know you didn't like what happened during the match, but the fact that you clearly have this mutual respect and admiration now, how good is that for you, personally, and also for the women's game?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I have a respect for everyone that plays tennis. I'm a very professional individual, and I leave everything on the court. And that's all you can do. And I don't take too much of it off. You know, I leave everything I have on the court. And that's just me and that's my attitude.


Q. Beginning of the second set, she hits that backhand return that bounces off the top of the net; you lose the point. And then after the game, you smash your racquet to the ground. At that point, did you realize, Things are just not going my way today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, at that point I hadn't even realized how many errors I was making. At that point -- I mean, I was still fighting. I mean, I was fighting until the end. But I just, I don't think I've ever played so bad in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. And it's not, you know, here I am always saying I want to peak at the right times, but I didn't have any peaks today. And I just -- I don't -- I've never played so hideous and horrendous, and all those other words I can use to describe my play today.


Q. But you in Australia before you peaked at the end, the last two matches, you had some real dicey matches when you weren't on your game, but you were still able to kind of gut it out, find a way to win. Why didn't that happen today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I was -- I definitely think today was worse than anything I've played in Australia, for sure. It gives no comparison. I don't know why. I mean, there's just no comparison.


Q. Obviously, taking into account what you're saying, but can you address Justine's game? I mean, how you felt she played? How much of how she played was due to how you were playing, et cetera?

SERENA WILLIAMS: She played -- I think, all she had to do was show up. I mean, she didn't -- I thought that she did well, but I've played against her when she's played even better. I thought she played really well, though. She had her little tactics, and, you know, but I thought she hit decent.


Q. How did it feel when you threw your racquet to the court and the crowd kind of booed you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, it doesn't matter. I mean, I think -- I think it was just more of a reaction. I always throw my racquet. I try not to, you know, but my hands tend to get really slick, and it just tends to fall out of my hand all the time, so...

Maybe they just weren't used to seeing that side of me.


Q. You said you felt there were kind of signs that things were going wrong on practice this morning. Were there any other signs out of practice?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I just didn't have the practice that I generally would have liked. And I just felt like I was just, you know, trying to recover. I've always had bad practices, though, before a match. Very rarely, actually, do I have a great practice. That wasn't anything abnormal, to be honest with you.


Q. In the last couple of months, you spoke to the calendar year Grand Slam, and you thought it was conceivable for yourself or another women's player. Now that's off the board. Is it very disappointing for you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Obviously, yeah. But I was here to win the French Open. I wasn't here to think about a calendar Grand Slam. So, I mean, for me, it was all about winning here in Paris, and, you know, just doing it again.


Q. In the fifth game of the second set, you're up 40-15, then five of the next six points are unforced errors. When that's happening, I mean, you don't play like that as you said.

SERENA WILLIAMS: I never play like that.


Q. Is it like you can't believe it, sort of?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Sometimes, yeah. Then sometimes you've got to just step back and say, Okay, try this, try that, or try Plan B. But I think my Plan B was to make errors(laughing), so, obviously, that never works.


Q. How much, if any, impact did the fact that the match was played on clay have?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't think it had much impact, you know. I just think that maybe it was slower. I don't know. For me, it's the same. Obviously, it's different, but I don't mind the clay. I actually love it. I don't think it made that much of a difference today.


Q. Can you tell us what you'll be doing between now and Wimbledon?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, since I lost, unfortunately, I have to go back home to the very, very hot conditions in Florida. So this is a punishment for me to train. If I had won, then I would have been able to not endure the 200-degree weather that it's going to be.

So I can't -- it's going to be horrible, so I can't -- that's what I'm going to do, unfortunately.


Q. So when would you expect to arrive at Wimbledon?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I usually leave a week ahead of time, so...

I hate the heat there.


Q. It seemed like on a lot of the points that you got into rallies, she was dictating a lot of the time. Did you feel that, and if so, why do you think that was? Was she more aggressive than Miami? Was it that your shots weren't going through the court as much? What do you think the reason was?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean, I didn't take my opportunities, and I didn't, you know, do anything that I was supposed to do, like move up and things like that, and all of the other things I was supposed to do. I just pretty much stood back and let her take advantage of me. And I feel violated.
 

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looking forward to seeing serena at wimbledon. seems like forever since she's played some good tennis there
 

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Q. Obviously, taking into account what you're saying, but can you address Justine's game? I mean, how you felt she played? How much of how she played was due to how you were playing, et cetera?

SERENA WILLIAMS: She played -- I think, all she had to do was show up. I mean, she didn't -- I thought that she did well, but I've played against her when she's played even better. I thought she played really well, though. She had her little tactics, and, you know, but I thought she hit decent.
"little tactics"--that's really disrespectful. I know a tactic Justine should have used: she should have taken her tennis raquet at shoved it up Serena ass.

Q. Would you regard that this half of the draw is tougher?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think this half is always tougher. I'm always on the tougher half. So I mean, I think, you know, we had some good players on this half. We don't I don't really even know who is on the other half.
The product of Serena being fed Papa William's "you against the world" victim propaganda all her life. How sad.
Serena always get the toughest draws, had the toughest life, etc. etc.

Q. How positive is it the way you and Justine left the court? I know you didn't like what happened during the match, but the fact that you clearly have this mutual respect and admiration now, how good is that for you, personally, and also for the women's game?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I have a respect for everyone that plays tennis. I'm a very professional individual, and I leave everything on the court. And that's all you can do. And I don't take too much of it off. You know, I leave everything I have on the court. And that's just me and that's my attitude.
nice way of avoiding the question.

Q. How much, if any, impact did the fact that the match was played on clay have?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't think it had much impact, you know. I just think that maybe it was slower. I don't know. For me, it's the same. Obviously, it's different, but I don't mind the clay. I actually love it. I don't think it made that much of a difference today.
lol, BS.
 

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"little tactics"--that's really disrespectful. I know a tactic Justine should have used: she should have taken her tennis raquet at shoved it up Serena ass.



The product of Serena being fed Papa William's "you against the world" victim propaganda all her life. How sad.
Serena always get the toughest draws, had the toughest life, etc. etc.



nice way of avoiding the question.



lol, BS.
Is it so hard to say "Congratulation Justine, unlucky Serena"?
Oh well, at least 90% of the Justine and Serena fans are getting on.
 

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Serena definitely bummed and definitely didn't have that fighting spirit today. You can hear the disappointment in the interview but oh well Serena. You didn't bring it today. She was right about one thing though. Looking at the numbers, Justine didn't play spectacular tennis either. But, she didn't need to.
 

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SERENA WILLIAMS: She played -- I think, all she had to do was show up. I mean, she didn't -- I thought that she did well, but I've played against her when she's played even better. I thought she played really well, though. She had her little tactics, and, you know, but I thought she hit decent.

" her Little tactics"??? so stupid comment Serena. I don´t think she knows more about tactics than Henin...

"she just had to show up"? learn to give credit to your opponents Serena... Henin is the best on clay.
 

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:lol: Loved her talking in the 3rd person.... 'No, I mean, Serena kept hitting balls in the net and Serena kept making errors'...
 

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SERENA WILLIAMS: She played -- I think, all she had to do was show up. I mean, she didn't -- I thought that she did well, but I've played against her when she's played even better. I thought she played really well, though. She had her little tactics, and, you know, but I thought she hit decent.

" her Little tactics"??? so stupid comment Serena. I don´t think she knows more about tactics than Henin...

"she just had to show up"? learn to give credit to your opponents Serena... Henin is the best on clay.
What's wrong with saying "little tactics"? Serena means that Justine had her game plan.
And Serena does give credit. She doesn't do it in every match, but she was doing it in Rome a lot. But I guess you didn't read those interviews.
 

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"little tactics"--that's really disrespectful. I know a tactic Justine should have used: she should have taken her tennis raquet at shoved it up Serena ass.



She could have tried. But why would you wish an ass whipping like that on Juicy. You must really dislike Juicy to want to see her get maimed.
 

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CONOЯ;10907782 said:
:lol: Loved her talking in the 3rd person.... 'No, I mean, Serena kept hitting balls in the net and Serena kept making errors'...
Was typical of her!
 

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Seems like an honest interview to me:shrug:

Serena is hurting, disappointed, and angry with herself.

Pretty normal really.

And she's right, the Wimbledon 2004 Serena showed up and all Justine had to do was play consistently and chip away at Serena's confidence and it was in the bag.

I don't see what's so controversial about this interview.
 

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What's wrong with saying "little tactics"? Serena means that Justine had her game plan.
And Serena does give credit. She doesn't do it in every match, but she was doing it in Rome a lot. But I guess you didn't read those interviews.
"her little tactics" isn´t the best way to say that Henin had her game plan... why she didn´t just say "henin had her tactics"... it´s a bit different, and i read lots of Serena´s interviews and she never gives credit to her opponent... maybe she have said "she played very well" but at the same time she says that she played really bad trying to make people believe that if she hadn´t played so horrible (i already saw her playing worst than that), the result would be completely different... that for me is not giving credit to the opponent.
 

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"little tactics"--that's really disrespectful. I know a tactic Justine should have used: she should have taken her tennis raquet at shoved it up Serena ass.



The product of Serena being fed Papa William's "you against the world" victim propaganda all her life. How sad.
Serena always get the toughest draws, had the toughest life, etc. etc.



nice way of avoiding the question.

I think the 'little tactics' is a linguistic issue. I say things like 'your little habits', 'your little goals', 'your little issues', 'you little bugger' all the time. It's tongue in cheek and not used against people you don't like or are afraid of. It's a turn of phrase and not meant disrespectfully at all. Maybe people for whom English is not their first language wont know what these sorts of throw away phrases mean. Just as I don't know what phrases are used in other laguages.

I think people read too much into what players say - they aren't rehearsed, and are said moments after a match to questions that can be designed to confuse/illicit a controversial response. As I said before, I see no problems at all with this interview.
 

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People who are saying that there is no problem if a player says "she just had to show up" or "her little tactics" etc etc are hypocrite because if they were in Henin position they wouldn´t appreciate those words...
 

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"her little tactics" isn´t the best way to say that Henin had her game plan... why she didn´t just say "henin had her tactics"... it´s a bit different, and i read lots of Serena´s interviews and she never gives credit to her opponent... maybe she have said "she played very well" but at the same time she says that she played really bad trying to make people believe that if she hadn´t played so horrible (i already saw her playing worst than that), the result would be completely different... that for me is not giving credit to the opponent.
She was being cute/cheeky. What's wrong with that? I love it when Serena and Hingis turn on the little quotes in their little interviews. The pair of little naughty monsters! Much more colourful than your suggested response!
 
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