Venus Williams Press Conference
by ATP Staff|
March 28, 2012
A. RADWANSKA/V. Williams
6 4, 6 1
An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How are you feeling?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, um, you know, it's been a great tournament. Obviously disappointed. Would have liked to have gone further, but, um, it's a great start.
Q. You looked very tired out there. Was this a combination of your ailment and conditioning, do you think?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't have a condition problem. Let's definitely get that straight. I don't have a conditioning problem, so let's get that straight.
I'm always fit, so...
Q. How frustrating is it to know emotionally you know what you want to do, and like you just said you're fit. For your body not to be listening to your mind, how do you deal with that? How frustrating is it?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Um, it's just frustrating. Um, you know, I mean, I think out of all the matches, today was probably the one where I had the least pressure in terms of, you know, someone who was going to maybe hit winners on me or pressure me.
So, you know, it was disappointing not to be able to feel my best today. I was able to keep it close in the first set and try different strategies, but it was definitely a mental battle, and today I didn't conquer the mental part of it.
Q. Seemed like control of the net was a big thing throughout the match. When you were able to get there on your own terms you were doing well. When she dragged you in, it went her way most of the time. Was that something that you thought was a turning point in this match?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Um, I just I was trying to get to the net to shorten the points, so just to change the strategy. Even when you get to the net, it takes, you know, definitely good footwork and positioning. You have to be 100%.
I feel good at the net, definitely, and confident. I don't know if I missed an overhead this week. I love being up there, but it wasn't the answer today.
Q. Talk about what a good start this tournament is for you. Can you roll all these wins into Charleston next week and beyond that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. I mean, I think I learned a lot from this tournament in terms of how to prepare and what works. Um, you know, I just have to be there mentally every day.
So I have to, you know, be ready to give a lot.
Q. What's your schedule beyond Charleston? How many clay tournaments are you planning on?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Right now I'm just thinking about Charleston. That's it. So I'm not really thinking about anything beyond that.
Q. Points are obviously an issue between now and the French. Are you thinking you'll play a fair amount of clay court tournaments?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I mean, today is a big move for me. The clay will be a lot slower, so I'm going to have to play smart and patiently, you know, get some wins. We'll see.
Q. What went into that strategy of going to the net early in the points?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I think the first few games I just got caught up into many long points, which wasn't what I wanted to do today. So I tried to change my strategy.
Unfortunately I made too many errors, and didn't really couldn't really make as many shots as I wanted today. So that definitely played a role in the loss.
Q. She's not a really easy player to play. Is it hard to play a player like her?
VENUS WILLIAMS: She's a great player. I didn't have a good day. So, you know, I just didn't feel like unfortunately I just couldn't press the issue.
She's a great player. I don't feel like she did anything special. I just couldn't I couldn't get myself to do it today.
Q. You said you weren't there mentally today. Is it the effects of all the other matches that you've had?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. It's just that, you know, if I'm not feeling my best, then it becomes mental and I have to fight, and you have to fight and fight and fight.
Today I just I didn't conquer it mentally. I have to be there mentally more than the next player.
Q. When you got down 4 1 in the second you played a real tough game there. Did you still think you could get back in the thing?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. I mean, I have to keep trying. I want to get to the next round.
I tried. Then she played a great service game. She hit a lot of great returns. I think that was her best game of the match, really. It was the best time to play a great game for her. She did well.
Q. Did you wake up feeling fatigued today, or did you feel, you know, as you were driving here and getting here, did you know it was going to be a physical challenge just to...
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, my God. You know, that's a good question. (Smiling.)
I woke up in a coma today. (Smiling.) I was like, Oh, no.
Yeah, so I think there are things I could have done better to prepare, and I learned a lot, you know, prepare for today.
I definitely learned, you know, what works better for me. You know, if I can have 10% more, then that makes a big difference. So, yeah.
Q. Considering it was your first tournament, you had some tough matches out there. Isn't it something positive?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean, I could have had this result on day one. (Smiling.)
Yeah, like I said, in a lot of ways I don't go out with expectations, but I know I can play great tennis. It's a weird place to be at when you go out there.
Um, it's definitely an interesting position, but I would like to have more. I always want more. But like I said, this is definitely a start. I've definitely learned a lot about, you know, ways maybe I could prepare, um, during the tournament.
Q. Is she a tougher player than she looks? She's so defensive and she doesn't give a lot of pace. Her serve doesn't have a lot of juice on it. But does she still pose different kinds of problems?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. I think with someone like her, you really have to be consistent and move forward. Typically I like playing someone like her. I feel like I have all day till I feel like moving forward.
Normally it's been a really great matchup for me, but today she had more answers.
Q. When you talk about learning, that you learned a lot about how to prepare, something you maybe didn't do enough what you wanted to do, can you elaborate on that? What do you mean by that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Um, no, I mean, the night night before I was up until like 4:00 kind of recovering from the match and all the things that you have to do after.
So the next day I think I should have rested more probably. I think I was thinking, oh, I'll never have you know, after a while you start to feel like maybe everything's behind you.
I definitely learned maybe if you're doing something right, don't change it. (Smiling.)
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