Press Conference: Serena Williams (USA)

2009/10/06 19:37

  Date: Oct. 6th 2009

  Time: 17:15

  Scores: Serena Williams defeated Ekaterina Makarova (6/3, 6/2) and advanced to the 3rd round.

  Stats:

  Aces: 3Double Faults:1

  1st Serve %: 55%1st Serve Points Won:22/29(76%)

  2nd Serve Points Won:12/24(50%)Break Points Saved:1/3(33%)

  1st Return Points Won:13/31(42%)2nd Return Points Won:13/16(81%)

  Break Points Won:1/3(33%)Total Service Points Won:34/53(64%)

  Total Return Points Won:26/47(55%)Total Points Won:60/100(60%)

  Q: Serena, how does it feel to be back as No. 1 again as of Monday?

  A: It feels pretty good. I'm really excited, I guess. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, but I mean, I'm obviously happy to be there because I feel like I've been working so hard all year, and I'm just happy to be back.

  Q: We've seen some interesting matches so far, a couple upsets. What do you expect in the days to come? Who's going to be your toughest competition?

  A: You know, I take everyone really serious. I'm just taking every match a day at a time. You can't underestimate anyone. This is a tough part of the year. It gets kind of towards the end, and everyone's bodies are starting to ache, and you're really fighting, but you just do your best.

  Q: Can you just tell us a little bit about how you feel, about how you played today? What were your strengths, weaknesses? Things you're going to work on as the tournament goes on?

  A: I think I played more aggressive today, kind of. I was really relaxed out there. Today, I felt like I've been working on some things, and I saw a little hint of what I've been working on today in the match, so that was kind of encouraging, and I just want to keep it up especially for Doha. That's my main goal.

  Q: Serena, you said a couple days ago that you really wanted to earn No. 1. Do you think that you have done that? Can you tell us what you think in your ear has earned you the position of No. 1?

  A: I think I've earned it. I've won two Grand Slams. I wish I had gotten more, but you know I'm just excited to have those two this year. It's great. I think I got pretty deep in the other ones, but if you don't win, it doesn't count whether you get deep or not. I've just been playing really consistent throughout the year. Especially in the beginning of the year, I did well. Then I got sidelined a little bit by injury, but I kept fighting. I kept showing up and doing the best that I could do. Sometimes, it was a first round loss, but I really tried, and I think at the end of the day, that's what matters.

  Q: You were the champion of the China Open in 2004. How do you think of winning this year? Do you think of the possibility?

  A: I'm just doing the best I can with each round. I'm just really fighting it through. I don't like to look too far ahead. 2004 was a great year. Obviously I would love to do it again. I hope so. We'll see.

  Q: Do you feel, I'll try to put this carefully, do you feel vindicated at all in the discussion of the rankings system between players like yourself who really rise to the occasion at the Grand Slams and other players who maybe do well in lesser tournaments but don't have those big victories? Do you feel like now it shows really who are the great players, who is the great player?

  A: I definitely feel better. I mean I would be lying if I sat here and said that I didn't. I always say the ranking will come. I'm not focused on being No. 1. For me, I would rather have won the titles that I've won this year as opposed to having the ranking, but fortunately now, for next week at least, I'll have a little bit of ranking.

  Q: When can I buy your new book in Chinese?

  A: That's the best question. It's a good question because I don't know. You know what, I'm going to look into that. Check my Web site, and I will have an answer for you.