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March 24, 1998

Venus Williams


Q. Venus, would you prefer a tougher match before facing Martina?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, if I would have preferred a tougher match, I wasn't going to play anybody else besides Serena today, so you get what you have.

Q. Can you talk about your performance tonight? Did you feel comfortable, fluid? Are you where you want to be at this point in the tournament?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I definitely think I could have played better. I think I was making some errors. I lost serve twice, which is no good at all. Sometimes I was making errors for no reason at all. Hitting too many short balls also. I can make up for that since I'm kind of speedy. But in the end, that's no good. Get yourself in trouble a lot. So I think I'm going to have to make some adjustments.

Q. Seeing your sister come so close to beating Hingis, what's your attitude about playing her?

VENUS WILLIAMS: The same as always. I have to go out there and play the player, not anything else. That's what I will do. Most of all, I think it's important that I go out there relaxed and just ready to play, not overplanning or overpracticing, because I already can play, I've already practiced all these years for this.

Q. Did you learn anything from the way your sister played Martina today? Did you pick anything up from that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think Serena went out there and played her game, which is important. Sometimes people play the top players, they feel, "I have to do this, I have to do that, this is the side I'm going to hit to." In all honesty, you don't have to do that. Just go out there and play your game. I think Serena did that. I think she gave a good example for me.

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