August 28, 2008
Q. Would you have liked a better workout?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I told you, no. I like quick matches. They're the best.
You know, no.
Q. Not at all? Not even to hit a few more balls?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I feel like I've been practicing a lot and playing so
many matches. I feel like she played pretty well actually and she hit
some balls and she hit some angles and that was good.
Q. So can you tell us how well you were playing yourself? Not too many
long rallies, only three or four?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah. Not too many long rallies but serving pretty
well. I think that's one of the main keys to my game.
Q. What about Sugiyama?
SERENA WILLIAMS: She's pretty much relentless. I better be ready. That
girl is a tough cookie.
Q. Questions come up in the press room a lot with the women about the
fact that the No. 1 ranking has changed so many times this year. So this
question has been posed, you know, is there a parity or what's it like
not to have any one dominant player. Jankovic, Ivanovic and Safina all
stopped and said, wait a minute, there's Venus and Serena. So don't
forget about them. So they cited you guys as the dominant players on
tour right now. How does that make you feel that the top women in the
world are still looking at you two as the ones to beat?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, definitely makes me want to work harder and do
better. You know, I believe those statements. I always believe the match
is on my racquet. I think every time I lose is because of me, not
because of the other person.
So I think that's pretty much dominance. I feel honored that they would
say that. Like I said, makes me want to work harder and do better.
Q. Can you empathize with Ivanovic? You have come to the Slams before
not completely healthy.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I was in that position last year. Pretty much
ruined my thumb and I didn't play after Wimbledon at all. So you know it
was a tough position to be in and you just got to keep working for it.
Q. What's the thought though in deciding to play the Grand Slam anyway
even though you know your chances of winning aren't that great?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's like who wants to win a Grand Slam,
especially the US Open? The US Open, it's a great city, it's a great
tournament, the atmosphere is par to none. It's awesome. So I think that
pretty much makes the decision.
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