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Serena Williams Interview - Wimbledon, June 20
Posted on June 20, 2009
Q. How do you feel going into Wimbledon 2009?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I feel good. I feel confident and relaxed, and I think that the what I need to feel. No matter what happens, I feel happy.
Q. Last year you were a finalist against your sister. Is she your big worry again this time around?
Q. What has made her so successful? Why is she so good at this tournament?
It's hard playing a player like that, especially on the grass when it's, you know, a faster surface and have you that much less time to react (snapping fingers).
She's an extremely smart player as well, so she's always thinking and knowing what to do.
Q. You just did a great job of breaking down her game. How about yours? What's different from hers on the grass?
Q. What was your reaction when you heard Nadal was out?
Q. I think screeching is probably going to be an issue at this year's tournament. What is your position on the noise that players make?
Q. You say sometimes you do; sometimes you don't. Is that a conscious thing at all? Does it just turn on and turn off? When points are more intense, it tends to happen? What?
Whatever way it is, I just don't know when it's coming.
Q. You talk about being in the zone. Does that also mean you're conscious when your opponent is making a lot of noise, as well?
Q. A young British girl, Laura Robson, is making Wimbledon debut. She's only 15. She's playing Hantuchova. Do you have any advice for her?
Q. Michael Stich did an interview today criticizing some women for overplaying their sex appeal. What do you feel when former players criticize female players like that?
Q. So you think it's just a normal part of the game, yeah?
Q. And is it good or bad?
Q. And tennis players, should it be the sport or the sex?
Q. You were quite prolific on twitter. Is that something you could do this tournament, send some tweets from your phone mid‑match?
But, you know, I'm really, you know, into that. Mostly because I want my fans to be able to relate to me. You know, actually I love people going to my website 'cause it's so fun and so interactive. You know, there's just another way to get the traffic there. So my fans can know exactly what to expect.
Q. And will you be doing a lot of updating, not during matches, but over the course of the two weeks?
Q. Have you had a chance to play on Centre Court yet with the roof shut, or have you seen it?
Q. Do you have any sort of expectations how it going to have changed, the feel of it?
But you never know. You know, just have to continue to do what I need to do on the court.
Q. How do you feel about the fact that the roof is now there?
Q. How have you prepared for the switch to grass? Why do you not usually ‑ or maybe ever ‑ play any of the grass court tournaments?
But, you know, it's what I've done in the past, the past eight, nine years, so I think it works for me.
Q. Did you ever consider playing a grass court tune‑up?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I did a long time ago, and I think I didn't play. It rained like twelve out of the five days I was there, so it didn't make sense to me to continue to play.
And by the time I got on the court it was soggy. It wasn't even grass court tennis anymore, so...
Q. How many matches does it normally take you to get that feel back on the grass? A couple of rounds?
Q. You mentioned before your thoughts on Nadal dropping out. What are your thoughts about Federer going for the major's record?
Q. What do you like most when you watch him play?
Q. Do you consider him the greatest male player that you've seen?
Q. When did you get here and when did you first get out on a court here?
But I promise you, I've had a lot of time to prepare. I got here in plenty of time. The same time I get here every year, so...
I'll be all right. I'll try. I'll try just for you (smiling).
Q. You don't want to say when you got here?
Q. I wanted to ask you about Rafael Nadal's decision of quitting the tournament. I don't know what you think about that.