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« Reply #100 on: July 03, 2008, 02:17:00 PM »
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« Reply #101 on: July 03, 2008, 03:45:05 PM »
YEAH b**chES!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!

That's a different way of celebrating your players getting to a Grand Slam Final  :rofl_2: I might try that one next time one of my girls reaches a Grand Slam Final  :)~
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« Reply #102 on: July 03, 2008, 10:54:04 PM »
YEAH b**chES!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!

That's a different way of celebrating your players getting to a Grand Slam Final  :rofl_2: I might try that one next time one of my girls reaches a Grand Slam Final  :)~

Haha you gotta keep it fresh Chris ;)
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« Reply #103 on: July 05, 2008, 01:43:34 PM »
Congrats to Venus, although I was cheering for Serena  :).

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« Reply #104 on: July 05, 2008, 03:28:47 PM »
Venus and then both Sisters did it for me in the Pick em game today, so incredibly it was a day where I found myself wanting Venus and then both to win titles  :scared: but Venus was the more calm player with her emotions out there today, and the more aggressive with her game and her willingnes to get to the net so she deserved number 5!
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« Reply #105 on: July 05, 2008, 03:31:06 PM »
Venus and then both Sisters did it for me in the Pick em game today, so incredibly it was a day where I found myself wanting Venus and then both to win titles  :scared: but Venus was the more calm player with her emotions out there today, and the more aggressive with her game and her willingnes to get to the net so she deserved number 5!

Since I had to pick one of them, I actually went with Venus but I'm so happy that they came back later and got Serena a doubles title as well. :))

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« Reply #106 on: July 05, 2008, 03:37:34 PM »
Venus and then both Sisters did it for me in the Pick em game today, so incredibly it was a day where I found myself wanting Venus and then both to win titles  :scared: but Venus was the more calm player with her emotions out there today, and the more aggressive with her game and her willingnes to get to the net so she deserved number 5!

Since I had to pick one of them, I actually went with Venus but I'm so happy that they came back later and got Serena a doubles title as well. :))

Yeah must be really tough for people who like both just as much as one another. The doubles later as well they put in an extremely impressive performance- the final they've most looked like a real doubles team/partnership.
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Venus Beats Serena For Fifth Career Wimbledon Crown

LONDON, UK - Neither of them dropped a single set in their first six rounds, and when it came down to the all-Williams final things couldn't have been any closer. Serena Williams kept the pressure on but at the end of each set it was Venus Williams who came through, and this time it was the bigger sister who won, 75 64, to etch her name into the Venus Rosewater Dish once again.

Both Williams sisters had relatively smooth paths to Saturday's title match, although a couple of their sets did get complicated. Perhaps their toughest matches came in the semifinals, with No.6 seed Serena fighting off a set point in the second set of a 62 76(5) win over China's Zheng Jie and No.7 seed Venus squandering a break lead in the second set before closing out Russia's Elena Dementieva, 61 76(3). The final fulfilled a collision course of the two greatest grass court players of the last decade.

Serena came out firing, breaking serve in the opening game and holding for 2-0, then forcing Venus into a 0-30 hole in her next service game. But Venus held and broke back in the eighth game to get the match on serve again, and when Serena served at 5-6 it was again Venus who pounced, drawing an error off of a huge crosscourt backhand to get to set point then winning the set off a backhand down the line into the net from her increasingly erratic opponent.

The storyline was similar in the second, except Venus bounced back much faster. Serena broke in the third game but Venus broke back right away, and this time she closed in with Serena serving 4-5, 15-30, chasing down a drop shot and firing a backhand winner to bring up double match point, watching an out-wide ace erase the first but then winning another long rally off a wide Serena backhand.

"On that first match point she hit a serve that was untouchable; of course, that's classic Serena Williams," Venus said. "But on the last point I had a chance at a second serve: the ultimate opportunity. I just stayed tough in that point and she was going for it until the end. When I saw it go wide I thought, 'Oh my God, it's five. Wow.' But I have to say awesome match to Serena. She played awesome and it was really a task to beat her today."

"Venus played great this year," Serena said afterwards. "I've been working really hard and I'm just fighting for everything. We were just glad to be in the finals together again, we hope for it to keep happening. I'm so happy that at least one of us was able to win today. She was a little better today; it didn't work out as I planned. But it's definitely a great celebration for the Williams family."

Perhaps the most intriguing storyline going into the final was how the two had performed in all-Williams Grand Slam finals. Venus won the first one at the 2001 US Open before Serena completely took over, winning their next five - Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2002 and then the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2003 - to surge out to a 5-1 lead. But those memories didn't seem to factor in Saturday's final, as Venus quietly regained momentum.

"The times I lost she was just unbelievable, so there was not much I could do," Venus said. "Obviously I wanted to try to improve that record, and I didn't want the same trend to keep happening and be down 6-1. So I climbed a tiny little notch up, so it's 2-5. So I'm still behind, but I'm working on it."

Having won Wimbledon in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2007, 2008 pushes Venus' tally of singles titles at the All-England Club to five, the third-most in the Open Era after Martina Navratilova (who won nine) and Steffi Graf (who won seven). Billie Jean King has six but only four came in the Open Era. With her US Open titles in 2000 and 2001, Venus is also up to seven overall Grand Slam singles titles, just one away from Serena, who leads all active players with eight.

"If I had this achievement at any other tournament it would be awesome, but not nearly the same meaning as here," Venus said. "I think the difference is the prestige of this event. Five is really monumental. Last year I thought four was incredible. I would have been more disappointed about not being able to make the history than not winning the match, if that makes any sense."

Surprise upsets rock Week 1, Williams sisters rock Week 2

The Williams sisters weren't the only players who tore it up on the green lawns of London SW19. Zheng, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Alla Kudryavtseva and Agnieszka Radwanska each knocked out a Top 4 seed in the first four rounds - No.1 Ana Ivanovic, No.2 Jelena Jankovic, No.3 Maria Sharapova and No.4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, respectively - sending shockwaves through the tournament as it became the first Grand Slam in the Open Era to see its Top 4 seeds all bow out before the quarterfinals. Zheng made the most historic run, becoming the first Chinese to beat a reigning world No.1 and, after wins over lower seeds Agnes Szavay and Nicole Vaidisova, the first Chinese to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. The other upset artists also broke barriers: Tanasugarn would become the first Thai to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal, Kudryavtseva earned her first career Top 10 win, and Radwanska's run secured her a spot in the Top 10 of the post-Wimbledon rankings, making her the first Polish player ever to do so.

Other players making the headlines were Bethanie Mattek, who surprised 2007 finalist Marion Bartoli for her first Top 10 win and would play the second week of a major for the first time; Ai Sugiyama, who contested her 57th consecutive Grand Slam main draw, surpassing the previous all-time record - male or female - that was held by the now retired Wayne Ferreira; and last but definitely not least Dementieva, who, despite being ranked higher than both Williams sisters, was a surprise semifinalist considering she had only been to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon once in her first nine attempts (and lost handily that time).

But for the fifth time in the last nine years the tournament belonged to Venus Williams, whose world-beating serve, glamorous groundstrokes, sharp net play, phenomenal speed and unshakable focus helped her come out on top yet again.

"I can't believe it's five; when you're in the final against Serena Williams, five seems so far away from that first point. It's unbelievable, especially with some of the injuries I've had. It's so rewarding to perform here and to know that every time I come back I have the ultimate chance to play well and make history."
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Williams Sisters Win Third Wimbledon Doubles Title

LONDON, UK - They may not play doubles together that regularly, but when they do, they're unstoppable. The Williams sisters, who played each other in the ladies' singles final earlier in the day, took the court for the ladies' doubles final on Saturday evening and crushed one of the most accomplished teams out there - Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur - in straight sets for their seventh Grand Slam doubles title together.

From start to finish the Williams sisters, who were the No.11 seeds, put on a serving display, winning 86% of points on their first serve (which they got in more than 60% of the time) and saving all three break points against them. On the other side of the net the No.16-seeded pairing of Raymond and Stosur was having all sorts of trouble on their serve, their weakest numbers coming on their second serve, winning just 33% of those points. They surrendered four service games and in the end it was barely a contest as the Williamses won, 62 62, in 58 minutes.

"It's a great way to finish off Wimbledon 2008, teaming with my sister to win our first doubles title of any kind in five years," Serena Williams said. "She's the best in the world on grass, what better partner could I ask for?"

The Williams sisters won their seventh Grand Slam doubles title together, having already won two Australian Opens (2001, 2003), one French Open (1999), two Wimbledons (2000, 2002) and a US Open (1999). It was their 11th overall title as a team, having also won three regular Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events, as well as a gold medal at the Olympics in 2000. Their win over Raymond and Stosur was their 100th doubles match win together (they are now 100-16 lifetime).

While the Williams sisters' highest-seeded opponents en route to the title were No.5 seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual, Raymond and Stosur had to contend with a pair of very high seeds, beating No.3 seeds Kveta Peschke and Rennae Stubbs in the round of 16 and No.1 seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber in the semifinals. They are now 2-2 in Grand Slam finals together, having won the US Open in 2005, finished runners-up at the 2006 Australian Open (to Yan Zi and Zheng Jie) and winning the 2006 French Open.

Between the summers of 2005 and 2007, Raymond and Stosur were arguably the best doubles team on the Tour, capturing 20 titles together (including the two aforementioned Grand Slams and two Tour Championships) and both rising to No.1 in the doubles rankings. Stosur was sidelined for most of the second half of 2007 and the early months of 2008 with a viral illness, but made her return to competition in the spring. This was their first final since Stosur's comeback, and with their favorite summer hardcourt season on the horizon, this was likely just a taste of what's to come for the American-Australian partnership.

This was the third time at a Grand Slam that there was an all-Williams singles final followed by them winning the doubles title, after they did the same thing at Wimbledon in 2002 and the Australian Open in 2003 (when it was Serena who emerged with the singles crown). On two other occasions they won the doubles title after one of them won the singles title over someone else, at the US Open in 1999 (when Serena beat Martina Hingis) and Wimbledon in 2000 (when Venus beat Lindsay Davenport).
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« Reply #109 on: July 05, 2008, 04:39:04 PM »
I'm glad to see  you doing your part to keep this thread alive.  Where is wilsonboy!  He's slipping on this thread!

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« Reply #110 on: July 05, 2008, 04:47:11 PM »
I'm glad to see  you doing your part to keep this thread alive.  Where is wilsonboy!  He's slipping on this thread!

A man for the team me you see Dallas  :)) may not like them all that much but thought I'd maybe throw a couple of posts in once every so often  ;-() I would have thought Wilson would have had it all in her tonight like we would with Roger and Maria respectively. Wilson this is not good enough on a great day for you  :)~
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This is seriously the happiest day of my entire life... I'm like about to cry.lol.
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« Reply #112 on: July 05, 2008, 07:29:22 PM »
Saturday, 5 July 2008


Venus. Williams def. Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4

Q. Could you talk about the primary emotion you felt when you won it?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I mean, obviously that first match point she hit a serve that was untouchable. So, of course, I mean, that's classic Serena Williams.

But in that last one, I mean, I had a chance at a second serve: the ultimate opportunity. So I just stayed tough in that opponent, and she was going for it until the end. Of course when I saw it go wide, I'm thinking, Oh, my God, it's five. Wow.


Q. Five titles?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Five titles. Just five titles. It's the first thing that popped into my head.


Q. How concerned were you early? She came out in a ferocious mood, playing well.


VENUS WILLIAMS: To be honest, this is the Wimbledon final, so of course I expected her to play that well. And, of course, I mean, she's Serena Williams. She can pull out anything. I did expect her to just be all over anything I put out there. But I didn't really think a lot; I just kept playing, and it wasn't looking that great, you know. 3-1, 4-2, but then when it got to be even it was closer.


Q. Can you just talk a little bit about the conditions, which were obviously pretty awkward. I mean, you kept pulling out of your serve. Serena didn't seem to pull out of her serves at all.


VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, it was windy, and the wind kept blowing and swirling. The longer the match went on, it kept changing directions. At first, it was only windy on one side, then it was windy on both. I could see the wind blowing on her side, but it wasn't windy on my side yet. So, you know, it was tough out there, but I just needed to take my time until I got a good toss.


Q. What is your approach to the post-match celebration on court, and how does it differ when you play Serena versus anybody else?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, because I think that -- when the match is that close it's obviously more exciting to win. And, of course, if it's a 6-2, 6-3 win, the celebration isn't as elated because you're just cruising to glory. But I was pretty excited about that win because it was so close. You know, I'm definitely more in tune with my sister's feelings because one of us has to win and one of us has to lose. Of course the celebration isn't as exciting because my sister just lost.


Q. To what degree, if any, does that detract from your enjoyment of the moment?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I mean, you could never detract from winning a Wimbledon (smiling). So, of course it doesn't detract from that. But I'm definitely thinking about how my sister's feeling.


Q. With the exception of the early part of this match, your serving throughout this tournament has been very dominant. Could you talk a bit about just how much emphasis you put on your serve, and with particular reference to the number of body shot serves that you've hit in this tournament.


VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, body is my favorite here. You can't defend it, I mean, especially if -- I mean, I'm hitting it with a lot of pace. My second serve, I hit it with a lot of pace, too. So even if my opponent knows where it's going, if it's on the line, close to a hundred miles an hour, it's tough to return. So the serve has been key for me here. I never felt very happy about my groundstrokes here. But my serve, I felt like any time I needed it, it was putting me out of any bind. As long as I could get a return in, then, you know, the win was coming for me.


Q. You're only the third, if I'm correct, along with Martina Navratilova and Graf, to win as many as five Wimbledons in the modern era. What do you think of that? Does that make you think, I'm up there with the all-time greats, anything like that?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I think definitely winning this tournament so many times definitely puts you in the stratosphere, to be honest, just because of what this tournament means. I think had I had this achievement at any other tournament it would have been awesome, but not nearly the same meaning at Wimbledon. I think the difference is just because of the prestige of this event.


Q. Serena had more aces, more winners.


VENUS WILLIAMS: Really?


Q. You played bigger in the big points. She was 2 for 13 on breakpoints; you were 4 for 7. How were you able to be bigger on the big points?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I felt pretty relaxed out there today. I mean, when the match points came, I mean, I was a little tight, but that's normal. But mostly because her serve is so good, I'm hoping that I can get my racquet on it to be in that point. So it's a lot of not pressing too hard 'cause you know if you get a chance that you have to do something with it. But I think I was maybe a little bit more relaxed than her.


Q. An all-Williams final. Is this a start of a second era of dominance for the sisters at the top of the women's game?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I would love that. The main goal for both of us is to stay healthy. We've both worked really hard this year, and I think the results showed here, both in the singles and the doubles. So the goal is to stay healthy so that way we can play singles and doubles and have a lot of fun with it.


Q. Besides the number of Wimbledon titles, can you let us into any of the things that motivated you tennis-wise in the recent past that raised your level between the French and now to do so well?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Uhm, I just feel like a lot of times I'm unlucky at the French. I come in with a sickness or injury, and I try to win, but I'm just not lucky. I find that happens a lot at the French and the Australian. A couple of times here, too, when I had my early losses. But, I mean, obviously coming off those losses I'm just like, This can't be my life; I have to do better. So I think that's what motivates me.


Q. When you play Serena, do you look at her as playing and African or playing a Russian that you need to trash?


VENUS WILLIAMS: No. At no point am I ever able to forget that it's Serena, because I have the ultimate respect for her game and I have a lot of respect for her serve. If I was playing anyone else I wouldn't have to face what I had to face today, so it's impossible to forget.


Q. There was the critical let call. What are your thoughts on that? Could you imagine any of the other girls on tour giving you the point?


VENUS WILLIAMS: No. Serena is the ultimate sportsperson. We both are. I think we play, we keep playing. We don't take injury timeouts. We just play. We don't question too many calls. And I would expect from her to be the ultimate sportsperson. I was confused as to what was happening. I didn't know if the ball was in, out, or what had happened. So I had no idea what the call was, to be honest, until the umpire told us.


Q. Have you had a chance to have a chat with Serena? If you have, can you share some of that with us?


VENUS WILLIAMS: No, we didn't talk so much because I was on the court for a minute there. You know, there's a lot of people in the hall when you pass by, so I'm going to see her after and we're going to get ready for doubles.


Q. Can you share what you're going to say to her?


VENUS WILLIAMS: No plans. Just the usual.


Q. You now have five titles. Can you allow yourself to dream of targeting Martina's nine?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, my God. That would be the ultimate. That's not easy. Her career also spanned like three decades, so I'm not sure if I have that much time. If I did, I think I would definitely dream of that. So, you know, tennis is so much different now. You know, tennis is a big business now. You know, all the tournaments, the draws, and the players, it's just so different that the pressures are different.


Q. You seem to be able to keep yourself fresh not doing as many tournaments.


VENUS WILLIAMS: I've had my fair share of downtimes. I try to stay as fresh as I can, with God's blessing.


Q. You've earned the right to go home and put the racquet down and indulge yourself for as long as you want before Los Angeles. What are you going to do?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I can't wait to see my dog. I love that little guy. He's my favorite. My favorite dog ever. I have to play TeamTennis, so I'll do that. I want to take a break from eating five meals a day. I'm gonna cut back and eat a light breakfast and maybe two meals, not five and six meals like every day I have.


Q. We can see you're getting real heavy.


VENUS WILLIAMS: I can tell (smiling).


Q. It's hard to judge when you're playing sometimes, but where would you put the level of play today compared to the other matches you all have played over the years?


VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, uhm, I think the level of play was really high. I think a lot of the times one of us was overpowering the other. So I hit a hard ball on the line, she can't get it back. Or, you know, I tried to go for too much because I'm anticipating that she's gonna run my shot down. Or I hit a huge serve, she hits one I can't return. So in between us overpowering each other we had, I think, some really competitive rallies and intense points, you know, where one player would come back and take the point, when it looked like the other player was gonna win. So, you know, we're both very powerful, and I think it showed out there.


Q. Can you tell us a little about your morning, the day before the match. Did you spend some time together with Serena?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, we said, Okay, we're eating breakfast. We always have lunch for breakfast to stay fueled. We're both trying to choke it down. Okay, only two more matches. This is the last time we have to do this. Just encouraging each other. Just that, you know, we're eating lunch again, two lunches before the match. It's like, It's the last time. It's okay. That's pretty much the atmosphere beforehand. Just still encouraging each other, not with specific advice like, Yes, serve me body, okay, because that'll work good for you. None of that. But still encouraging each other to eat and be healthy.


Q. In the middle of winter when your mind turns to Wimbledon, what is the one thing or vision that comes to your mind?


VENUS WILLIAMS: In the middle of the winter?


Q. When you're far away from here.


VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't think about Wimbledon that much. It seems so far away. I have my eye on the Australian, obviously. Just hopefully healthy enough to play, which in the last few years I've been hoping that more than anything.


Q. There were some points today where Serena really ran you from one side of the court to the other it seemed. You kept getting to shots it seems very few people could. When you're able to get all those balls, get them back strong, do you get any sense that this is demoralizing Serena?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I mean, to be honest, I felt like, I'm not running fast enough. I should be hitting more of an offensive shot. Why am I hitting this shot. You can do better. That's mostly what I'm thinking. The funny part is when I see the tape. I'm like, Wow, how did I do that? How did I cover that shot? So when I do see the film, then I do have to give myself a little credit. But when I'm out there I'm like, This is not good enough. It's funny.


Q. How did losing here twice to Serena sit with you, and what does today's experience do to those memories?


VENUS WILLIAMS: The times I lost, I tried. She put a ton of pressure on me. She hit my best serve back for winners, just was unbelievable, and she just played better. So there was not much I could do. I tried. Obviously today I wanted to try to improve that record, and I didn't want the same trend to keep happening and then be like 6-1. So I climbed a tiny little notch up, so it's 2-5. Still behind, but I'm working on it.


Q. If Serena had won today, you being the defending champion, how would that have affected your experience?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I would have been happy for her. I would have been more disappointed that I didn't have -- about the number. Like five is really monumental. Like last year I thought four was incredible, but now five is -- I would have been more disappointed about not being able to make the history than actually not winning the match, if that makes any sense. So more about that.


Q. It's very impressive the way both of you honor your parents and bond as a family. Do you attribute that to your faith, your upbringing, or is it just coming naturally? Do you recommend that to youths all over the world?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, our upbringing, we're taught to respect our parents, and also religious upbringing, you know. At least in the Bible it says that you if obey your parents all will go well with you, and I respect my parents. I would never give them a hard time. I would never want them to worry. For me, I feel happy when they're happy with me, so...


Q. You've been training seriously or playing professional tennis for 18 years of your life now. Do you and Serena sometimes sit down and reminisce about the journey you've made from Compton, California, to the finals at Wimbledon?


VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, actually this morning I was just saying -- I was asking Serena if she remembered the match when, I don't know, I was in Sydney playing some match and Serena was watching my match and she finds out that she's gonna be on court in about 10 minutes, and so she runs from my match to go play her match.

We were just talking about that. That was maybe in '98. So we do sometimes talk about the things in the past, just some of the things that have happened have been so amazing that we definitely draw a lot of energy and inspiration from it.


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« Reply #113 on: July 05, 2008, 07:30:04 PM »
Saturday, 5 July 2008


Venus Williams def. Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4

Q. We know that you don't like to lose. Is it any easier to lose to your sister or is it just the same?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm, it's definitely not any easier. I just look at her as another opponent at the end of the day.


Q. Is it harder in any way?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm, I don't know. I don't think it's harder, but it's definitely not easier.


Q. But you're happy for her, aren't you?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, of course.


Q. What's going through your mind when she's celebrating? Did you sense any sort of difference in her celebration because she knows it's you that she just defeated?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I didn't see, you know, any celebration. I just kind of went over to my chair, so... I wasn't paying attention.


Q. You were up in the first set and then something happened. Did you get tight? Did you lose some rhythm?


SERENA WILLIAMS: I think I just lost rhythm and then I just made a lot of errors. Uhm, I just couldn't get the balls in. You know, nothing I was doing was seeming to work.


Q. Did you feel tight at all?


SERENA WILLIAMS: I didn't feel tight. I didn't feel tight. I just felt like -- I felt good. My balls just started flying, and then she started serving really well, I think.


Q. Can you find any satisfaction that it seemed to be a very well-played match, balls going everywhere, both chasing down shots, or does the result sort of leave you a little numb?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I definitely don't feel numb, per se. But, I mean, I don't think I played well. I don't think I'm satisfied with the way I played today. For me there's nothing to be satisfied about.


Q. Did she make you not play well with her shots, or was it you disappointed in the way you played?


SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I don't think she made me not play well. I think the conditions were really tough out there. I know she was under the same conditions, too, but, you know, it was just really, really tough. She started just playing -- she lifted the level of her game and I should have lifted mine, but instead I think mine went down.


Q. So you just played this match with her. You lost; she won. Now you have to somehow, a couple hours later, put that behind you and be on the same side of the court with her to play doubles. What do you think that's going to be like? How are you preparing yourself for that?


SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm prepared. I look forward to it. I'm ready to play doubles, you know. I'm a little tired, but I don't think it's a problem.


Q. What does this win say about her as a grass court player?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, it says a lot about her. I mean, she's won five Wimbledons now. She's beaten me on grass now, so that definitely says a lot.


Q. Did you look up at your family at any point during the match? If so, is what you see in their faces any different than when you're not facing a sister?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's kind of hard to look up there because I don't know what they're thinking, like if they're gonna say, you know, do this or do that, c'mon, I don't know. I just really try to gather strength from myself.


Q. From yourself?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yes.


Q. Venus was serving serves into your body. Is there anybody out there who serves into the body as well as Venus Williams?


SERENA WILLIAMS: No. I think that was her tactic, was to serve every ball into the body. I'm glad she did it, because next time I know what to expect. I think I did good with getting them back. I mean, I think I got a lot of those in-the-body serves. I knew what she was doing. It was very readable. I knew what she was going to do, so I was able to read it much better. But I know next time playing what to expect, and I'll be even more ready for it.


Q. What are your expectations as far as the two of you meeting again in finals of majors? How much do you think this is a likelihood in the future?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm, well, I mean, if we stay on the opposite side of the draw it probably will be a likelihood. We're always trying to get to the finals and do better than that.


Q. Do you at any time forget you're playing Venus?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I didn't think about that at all today.


Q. How would you rate your game today on a scale of 1 to 10?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, I don't know. I hate doing scales. I'd rather not.


Q. Third game of the second set, worked really hard, a lot of breakpoints. You finally break her to go up 2-1. The next game you lose your serve. What do you think happened there, and how important was that?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I was really hoping to hold serve there, especially since the game was really long. But I didn't. I just didn't hold serve, so...


Q. Were you tired at all or...


SERENA WILLIAMS: I wasn't tired. I didn't play well. I did not play well today. That's all.


Q. Part of a lot of your big matches is a kind of free-form expression, fist pumping, talking to yourself. Did you feel like you were drawing back a little bit today since you were playing Venus, there was a limitation there?


SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I didn't feel that at all. I felt like I was pretty emotional out there. I didn't feel like I was -- I didn't even think about that. I just tried to play my game and just do what I do normally. I didn't change anything.


Q. A few years ago when you and Venus were meeting pretty regularly in finals. Did it feel different five years later in terms of the two of you sort of being more on your own, whereas before it was happening regularly, it felt like it was all in the family, and this time it felt more like, as Venus said the other day, every Williams for themselves?


SERENA WILLIAMS: I felt like that all the time, and I feel like that again today. I mean, I was out there playing for Serena, you know.


Q. What message do you think the two of you have sent about the two of you as competitors and as sisters with the way you've shared details of your closeness?


SERENA WILLIAMS: What message did we send?


Q. About your closeness as sisters and how it becomes a competition when you're on the court.


SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I think they just know that we're close, you know. I don't know what message I sent. I just try to send a message that, you know, play your best -- do your best at whatever you do.


Q. If anyone else had caught as many or aborted as many service tosses as Venus did today, would you have been irritated enough to talk to the chair umpire about it?


SERENA WILLIAMS: No. I think it was just so windy out there. You know, she has a funky toss, so I guess she has to catch it a lot. Uhm, you know, it wasn't like -- I mean, what can you do about it?


Q. What exactly happened on that let call, from your perspective?


SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know.


Q. Did the ball land in or out? Do you know?


SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know.


Q. When you came over to the side of the court, did you have a discussion with him?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I forgot about the match pretty much (laughter).


Q. Since the match ended have you been kind of alone to deal with it, or have you been hanging out with Venus after the match?


SERENA WILLIAMS: I think she did -- you know, I haven't been hanging out with her because she does her own thing after the match traditionally, as well as I. We kind of do different things, so...


Q. Have you talked at all?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I saw her. I mean, we weren't involved in a big conversation.


Q. You don't look happy at all.


SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't? I wonder why.


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Re: THE WILLIAMS SISTERS THREAD: Quotes, photos, and other stuff... :)~
« Reply #114 on: July 05, 2008, 07:30:39 PM »
Venus Williams def. Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4

SUE BARKER: Serena, so sorry for you. But big sister was a bit good today, wasn't she?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, she was a little better today, so... It didn't work out as I planned.


SUE BARKER: But it's a great sort of celebration for the Williams family, isn't it, today?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's definitely a great celebration. I would like to thank my God Jehovah for allowing me to be out here today. So we're really happy.


SUE BARKER: And, you know, this year you've had sort of little ups and downs. You really proved to yourself that you're on the way right back up to the top?


SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I've been working really hard and I'm just really fighting for everything. And I'm so happy that at least one of us was able to win. Venus played great this year. You know, but we're just glad to be in the finals again. We hope for it to keep happening.


SUE BARKER: And you played great tennis considering the conditions. It wasn't easy out there, was it?


SERENA WILLIAMS: It was so not easy. Every time I tried to hit a shot, the wind would blow it, and it was tough. But, you know, I tried.


SUE BARKER: Well, it was a terrific final. Well done. We'll see you next year.


SERENA WILLIAMS: Thank you.


SUE BARKER: Venus, congratulations to you. Fantastic. You played so well today.


VENUS WILLIAMS: Thank you so much. I have to first of all say great match to Serena. I mean, I can't believe that it's five. But when you're in the final against Serena Williams, five seems so far away from that first point. So, I mean, she played so awesome, it was really a task to beat her.


SUE BARKER: You were the best two players in this tournament. And, as you say, you've won five now. I mean, you stand alongside some of those that are watching here in the crowd, like Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, one of the all-time greats here at Wimbledon.


VENUS WILLIAMS: Of course, some of my favorites. Billie, you know I love you. But, I mean, it's unbelievable, especially with some of the injuries or a lot of the injuries I've had to go through, it's so rewarding to perform here and to know that every time I come back that I have the ultimate chance to play well and make history.


SUE BARKER: You love this place, don't you?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I do. I do. And I have to say unbelievable thanks to my sisters, Isha and Lynn. You guys are so supportive. And also thanks to my sparring partner Dave. He's really helped me stay positive when I made mistakes out on the court. And, of course, I love you, mom, always. That's my mom.


SUE BARKER: How difficult was it emotionally out there when you win to sort of celebrate, but sort of not wanting to make Serena feel bad?


VENUS WILLIAMS: I known, I mean, my first job is big sister, so... I take that very seriously. So, of course, I mean, my dad was really proud. He went home after we both got to the finals. He's at home watching. He's like, My job's done. Good luck to both of you.


SUE BARKER: It was a great job he did as well. And you mention your mom there. They cut to her a few times during the match and I felt so sorry for her because she obviously didn't know how to react, happy for one, sad for the other.


VENUS WILLIAMS: I know. It's hard for all of 'em. I like to think that they want me to win (laughter).


SUE BARKER: Anyway, congratulations. Of course, you're going to be back here again for a doubles final. So maybe another Wimbledon trophy.


VENUS WILLIAMS: I hope so. Serena deserves a win, so I'm really going to try even harder for that. Thanks.
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Re: THE WILLIAMS SISTERS THREAD: Quotes, photos, and other stuff... :)~
« Reply #115 on: July 05, 2008, 07:52:38 PM »
Stream Download?
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« Reply #117 on: July 06, 2008, 07:26:02 PM »
Stream Download?

I 'fixed it'.... :)

I thought that you may have possible hooked us up with dowloads of the doubles match. I wanted to see the Williams's reaction to the win.
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« Reply #118 on: July 07, 2008, 01:58:35 PM »
Venus!  :)
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« Reply #119 on: July 07, 2008, 03:12:38 PM »
Venus looks very glamorous there!
I'm glad she won, I always root for her against Serena.
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