April 5, 2008

Post-Match Interview Snippets

Q. How far back do you think you've come to your very best level? Is it possible to assess that or not?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I think I'm ‑‑ you know, I'm doing more of the right things that I should be doing more. I feel like I have a little more variety in my game. I feel like I'm on the right track. I'm not there yet, and I feel like ‑‑ I've always said I feel like I've never reached my potential. I really want to get there.

Q. She (Jelena) said you looked nervous out there. Is that even possible considering you have been playing tennis your whole life?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know if I was nervous. I know I got tight. I guess you can classify that as nervous. Normally I just close it out. I just didn't make the right shots. Then really though sometimes the wind, it was windy, and I just made the wrong ‑‑ I made the mistakes at the wrong time. Whether it was nerves or not, it was me definitely technically not doing everything I did and I was supposed to do in practice.

Q. Does it surprise you to get tight, Serena? Is that something you don't expect from yourself?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I get tight often. My forearm gets a little locked up. I've gotten tight in a couple of matches, but I usually get over it and get through it.

Q. You get distracted?


Q. The fact that you still get tight in a match like this even after all your wins and all your experiences, is that a reflection of your desire level at this point?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I definitely think it's a reflection on my desire level. Especially now I feel like all I want to do is play tennis, and all I want to do is be the best and win. My whole life is dedicated to nothing but tennis. I've been working so hard, and I feel like everything will come together in time. Sometimes when it doesn't come together I get frustrated, but I feel like it's not going to be in vain. So I definitely think that the fact that I do get tight or get ‑‑ I did get tight, you know. I think everyone gets tight at some point. But the fact that I did today, I feel that it definitely ‑‑ you can definitely see my desire and my dedication.


Shelia said...

I'm so long overdue in visiting you after you added me at Fuel My Blog. I think that I've been there twice.

Thank you for the kind words and right back at 'cha. You have a great site here dedicated to Serena.

I'm so glad that she pulled out the win today. I was on pins and needles for awhile, but very happy afterwards.

~~Shelia @ Black Tennis Pro's

Steve said...


just wanted to say how much I like your blog.

It was a great result and great tournament for Serena.