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March 30, 2004

Serena Williams


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What's your post match like, what do you do after a match is over?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, immediately I go to the gym and do a lot of stretching and icing and then come back, shower, dress.

Q. Is that pre-injury or post-injury?

SERENA WILLIAMS: That was pre, but I was really intense and I kind of slacked off a little bit. Definitely post as well.

Q. Do you feel yourself playing better as this tournament is going on?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I feel definitely I'm playing better, more consistent today. I really was working on being consistent and getting a lot of balls back, so yes.

Q. Did you think Jill played pretty well? She said she played you in Wimbledon last year.


Q. Did you expect to dominate as much as you did today?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I didn't. I think she played very well, though. We were just playing on hard court. But I think she played really well.

Q. Do you think your game took a step up physically today? You said you feel like you've been getting more confident.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think so. I think I've been playing better tennis-wise today, for sure. I actually kind of felt the ball. When I was going for it, I just felt it. That was really good.

Q. You talked a couple weeks ago about the hunger of wanting to get back out there. Is it what you thought it would be, is it better?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, definitely I'm really excited to be back out here. It's everything I thought it would be and more.

Q. I'm sure before this tournament you probably had a mental picture of how you wanted to play. Are you coming close to matching that mental picture yet?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Definitely. I just didn't really have too much of a mental picture, actually, to be honest with you. I just thought if I could just get through a first round, second round, now I'm in - is it the semis? I'm in the semis now? Whatever round I'm in, I'm here, and I'm really excited to play my next match.

Q. Do you feel you guys are on a collision course, you and Venus?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I think eventually we are, but I'm just ready to play my next match. I'm really excited to be here.

Q. You guys practicing together this week?

SERENA WILLIAMS: We're playing opposite days. Actually, we weren't for a while, but not really. We're playing at different times and she wants to warm up at a different hour than I do. She hit with me today, though. Look, I played much better.

Q. How do you think she was hitting?

SERENA WILLIAMS: She's hitting great. She's doing great, so... You can tell by her matches as well.

Q. What other diversions have you been taking part in here in Miami?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Nothing at all. I've just been playing every day so I haven't had too much time to do anything, so... I've been getting home a little late, too. So nothing at all - except for the spa.

Q. In the hotel?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Uh-hmm. I hope to go tomorrow for sure.

Q. To get your nail fixed?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, get all the specials - the massage, the salt glows, the body baths. I just want it all (smiling). I love the spa.

Q. How tough is it playing every day after a long layoff?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I thought it would be really tough, and it is tough. But I'm really excited and happy, and I feel blessed that I'm able to recover and still play. I'm really, really excited about that.

Q. Four matches in. Your knee is fine.


Q. No problems?

SERENA WILLIAMS: So that's great. That's really great for me, knowing that going into a Grand Slam, I'm already four matches in and five days, I can definitely do that over a period of a fortnight.

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