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March 23, 2003

Venus Williams


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Venus, please.

Q. I loved watching you play today.


Q. You were running so well.


Q. Do you enjoy coming in on the short balls?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think it's a key point to playing good tennis. More than anything, when I'm out there on the court, I just try to say, "Play the ball," and just play tennis. A lot of times that includes getting up to the short ones.

Q. You do that awfully well.


Q. Is it your combination of short followed by the overhead or the other way around?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I guess I'm quite good at that because of my height. I can kind of reach all the balls with ease, it's a real blessing.

Q. How hard is it not to look ahead a couple matches?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, I haven't really even seen the draw yet. I haven't really been around. I kind of get here for the match and play. There's no draws up in the locker room, and I haven't been up to the players' lounge or anything.

Q. I guess you'll watch your sister's match tonight?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I play tomorrow. I think there's another match tomorrow, so I'll actually go and recuperate.

Q. So that would be three in a row for you?


Q. I know you were saying two in a row is normal. Is three in a row normal?


Q. Do you like that better, do you get in more of a rhythm not skipping a day?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, I don't even know. I'm just playing when I'm on the schedule.

Q. I was relieved today you won quickly. I was afraid the rain was going to interrupt the last game. When it's this cloudy, does that get into your thinking?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I was just really trying to be real consistent. The match was going over an hour. I wanted to really just play well in the games and not lose serve so that did happen.

Q. You play the winner of the Maleeva-Shaughnessy match. Can you talk about those two players, your experiences.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I played both of them quite a few times, so I should be ready.

Q. Anything about their games in particular?

VENUS WILLIAMS: They're both real good. I think they've both been Top 20 in the past and probably Top 20 now. So I'm definitely going to be on top of my game.

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