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August 30, 2008

Serena Williams


S. WILLIAMS/A. Sugiyama
6-2, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Possibly jumping ahead a little here to a quarterfinal match with Venus, it seems like the matches you've played together recently, particularly like the Wimbledon final had a much higher quality than when you first started playing against each other. Why do you think that's been the case?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I didn't think -- I don't know. I just think that maybe we're used to playing each other.
Yeah. I don't know.

Q. Are you as disappointed as the fans might be that that match might come as early as the quarters?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Obviously, yeah. But I've had over a week to think about it. So right now I'm just hoping to win my next match.

Q. Is it intensified at all when you're both playing well?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I definitely think so. We're both playing well. The points usually are shorter because we both have such strong games and serves and things that was nature. Yeah.

Q. When you play against an Ai Sugiyama, who is not exactly a household name, do you actually study tape of her or just off feel on the court...
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I have played her before, and I've played her a lot in doubles, so I pretty much know her game. So those players are good to play because you know what to expect and what not to expect.

Q. Venus said she's at her best right now. How would you assess your game? You're playing pretty well, too.
SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm definitely not at my best, but I hope to get there.

Q. You ever consider yourself playing at your best?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, a couple times in my career. Not too many.

Q. When was the last time?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I have to think about it.

Q. This year you said you've recommitted yourself to tennis again. Do you still work, you know, outside interests at all with ANERAS or reading any scripts?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Absolutely. There are some things I'm doing outside with ANERAS and I have meetings right after this tournament with ANERAS. Those are going to be long and tedious, but that's what I have to do. It's the time of year I start looking at scripts again.
So there are a couple things hopefully pending that I can shoot, and just pay the price throughout the year.

Q. You have such a really deep bond with Venus, and a love and a support of, maybe, towards her. Do you ever in your own mind sort of say to yourself, gee, if Venus weren't there, my very own sister, I'd have such and such titles?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I don't think I'd have as many because she motivated me, especially being young and watching her play. I was able to -- the mistakes she made, I made them with her. So when I actually played, I didn't make the mistakes that she made. I was able to grow with her on the sidelines, so to say.
Also, she motivates me. When she became No. 1, I suddenly got motivated to be there, too.
If anything, I think she definitely helped my career.

Q. That's interesting to me. Can you tell us a little bit, obviously early in your career, about what sort of things?
SERENA WILLIAMS: She was young playing, like, in Stanford, and I remember her playing here in '97 and she lost in the finals. But she made a remarkable run.
It was like I played those matches even though I wasn't on the court. So I know which shots to hit, like when I played my first professional match, what not to hit.

Q. The Stanford story, the recollection of it?

Q. Didn't you mention Stanford?

Q. What was the recollection there?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I just remember her playing Arantxa Sanchez and she probably lost and could have won. But she was so young, and I've had chances when I was that age, and I didn't make the same mistakes because I was able to learn from her mistakes.

Q. Do you and Venus ever talk about how the television industry depends on you? Next Saturday night CBS is praying that either you or your sister are here.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, that's really nice to hear. I'm praying that I'll be there myself. So say some prayers for me.

Q. If Venus said she's playing as well as she can, do you assess her game the same way right now or can you even pay attention?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think she's playing really well, and I'm glad she feels like she's playing her best. It's nice to feel like when you're playing your best. Right now I'm not playing my best, but that means I can do so much better.

Q. How difficult an opponent is Venus when she's at her best?
SERENA WILLIAMS: She's difficult always. When she's at her best she's obviously really confident. Yeah, so...

Q. You say you've learned when you came on tour from watching Venus play. Do you remember your first professional match?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I remember.

Q. Any recollections?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I just remember losing really bad.

Q. That's it?

Q. Were you pretty upset when Arantxa came back and beat her in that match?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, because when she lost, I felt like I took a loss there.

Q. You mentioned the confidence. How can you tell when she has her confidence at its peak? What signs are there or how does she act?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I never really thought about it. I'm really focused on me and trying to win my next match.

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