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January 21, 2012
S. WILLIAMS/G. Arn
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† Greta said it was an honor to play you.¬† How does it make you feel when people say things like that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: ¬†It makes me feel really good.¬† I'm like really proud of, you know, the work that I've been doing for so many years, all the hard work.¬† To play her, who obviously has been playing for a really long time, as well, it really makes me feel really special.
Q.¬† You said you weren't quite at your best tonight.¬† Where do you think you need to improve?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† You know, I just can hit a little deeper and better, be more consistent.¬† You know, hopefully that will come as hopefully I keep playing.
Q.¬† You missed the smash in the first set.¬† Can you talk us through that one.
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† It was an awkward smash.¬† Then she missed one and I felt a little better.¬† I felt like, Am I losing my mind out here?
Everyone always sometimes hits a shot that's a little bit insane and you just got to allow yourself to get over it.
Q.¬† You've come through this tournament quite easily in your first three matches.¬† Other Grand Slams you've had battles in the opening rounds.¬† Do you think you need one of those really tough matches in the early rounds to help you, or are you happy progressing simply?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I'm okay with how I'm going.¬† I've had tough practices.¬† You know, it's okay.¬† I mean, I'm pretty experienced so I kind of know what the feeling of having tough matches is, having simple matches is.
I think my first match could have been tougher, you know.¬† She played pretty good.¬† So it's okay.
Q.¬† You won 6‑1, 6‑1 tonight.¬† Before the match you said you were Jokey Smurf.¬† What would the Serious Smurf's scoreline look like?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Well, there's no Serious Smurf.¬† There's Grouchy Smurf, there's Brainy Smurf, there's Papa Smurf.¬† I'd say he's the most scary Smurf.¬† Smurfette.¬† Greedy Smurf.¬† So, yeah, I don't know (smiling).
Q. ¬†You're the last remaining American in the tournament.¬† Are you aware of that?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† No, I wasn't.¬† But I know Mardy had been doing really well, but I lost early here.¬† That was unfortunate.¬† I'm definitely going to keep representing the flag and doing the best I can.
Q.¬† John was eliminated yesterday, mentioned his disappointment how Americans had performed here.¬† How do you sum it up?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Well, I think Sloane Stephens played really well.¬† I think she just played tough players.¬† Svetlana is a Grand Slam champion.¬† She almost came through on that.¬† I think John played really well.¬† He played marathon matches.¬† So that was tough.
Andy, unfortunately, had to retire.¬† It wasn't necessarily his fault.
I don't necessarily agree with that.¬† I think we are all doing pretty well.¬† I'm still in the tournament.¬† We're just all fighting.
Q.¬† When you say you fly the flag, does that weigh on your mind or do you think about that a little bit, alone representing the States?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† No, not at all.¬† Not at all.
Q.¬† You've been in this position before and done well, last American into the second week.¬† Doesn't seem to bother you whatsoever.
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† No.
Q.¬† Do you kind of like the challenge?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† No, I really don't think when I go out there that I'm the last American.¬† I just think, you know, I'm trying to come in here and win this match, play this girl.¬† That's all I really think about.
Q.¬† What were your thoughts on Andy going down and losing your mixed doubles partner?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I was devastated.¬† But it was okay.¬† He got injured.¬† There's nothing you can to about that.¬† A lot of people are getting injured in this tournament.
Actually glad he retired because I didn't want him to make it worse, kind of jeopardize future tournaments.
Q.¬† Have you talked to him since the match?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Yeah, I talked to him to see if he was okay.¬† He's okay.¬† He was bummed.¬† But it' life.¬† It happens.
Q.¬† Are you postponing it till the French?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† The French is a different surface.¬† It's slower.¬† You have to be physically fit.¬† And my doubles partner will be back by then so...
Q.¬† If you were to play mixed doubles, who would you pick?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I don't know.¬† There's so many players.¬† I'd play with one of the Bryan brothers.¬† They're really, really great.¬† Maybe Roger.¬† He's amazing (smiling).
Q.¬† Do you offer advice or tips to the younger American players, the girls especially, when you're at tournaments?¬† Do you ever have anything to say to them?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Yeah, I talked to Sloane.¬† I haven't seen Christina.¬† I don't really hang out so much.¬† I'm never at the tennis unless I'm on the court.
I saw Sloane in Brisbane.¬† You know, we actually did not discuss tennis at all.¬† Maybe I could do that a little bit more.
Q.¬† You know the younger girls, they say you're the tennis god to them.
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I'm no god, that's for sure.¬† But it's definitely cool.¬† It's good that you can have somebody you can really look up to.¬† When I grew up, I was really excited about my American players.¬† It was really, really cool.¬† When I met them, I couldn't talk.¬† When I met Pete, I was mute.
[I] guess they've kind of gone through the same thing, growing up, watching myself and Venus play.¬† Doing halfway decent is always pretty good.
Q.¬† What are you doing during your off days?¬† Maria is napping and reading.
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I am doing treatment, a lot of treatment.¬† I'm not reading.¬† School starts on the 23rd, so I kind of texted one of my professors to tell him I was in Australia, and I don't know if I can make the first assignment in time.¬† He was like, It's fine.¬† I was wondering if it was really you (laughter).
I was like, okay, just really nervous about school starting.¬† He's like, Don't worry about it.
Q.¬† What course is this?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I'm taking a kinesiology course.¬† I'm also taking a management course.
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Yes.¬† I haven't been able to reach my kinesiology teacher.¬† Hopefully she will understand that I am going to get those assignments in.¬† But I'm a wee bit busy, so we'll see.
Q.¬† What sparked your interest in kinesiology?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† All my injuries, to be honest.¬† Like every time I go to the doctor, I can pinpoint and tell him exactly what's wrong with me.¬† I know more about my injury than they do at the time.
The communication that I have is really great.¬† I've always thought if I could just learn about my body and keep learning about physiology, sciences, stuff like that, just for the future I thought it would be really cool.¬† You never stop learning about your body.
Q.¬† Have you just started the course?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† It starts on Monday the 23rd.¬† But I had to write a paper, an introduction for my management class.¬† So I kind of did that already.¬† I was like, I'm going to get that over with.¬† Trying not to send a picture of me that was so obvious.
Q.¬† Do you use a lot of holistic kind of therapies?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I do.¬† I've really gotten into a lot of holistic lately.¬† I hate medicines.¬† I hate having to take, you know ‑ what's the word ‑ medicine that's manmade and stuff like that.¬† So I like the holistic.
It's better on your system.¬† It takes longer.¬† But overall the effects of synthetic things are longer term and not really so good for you.¬† I'm looking forward to those courses.
Q.¬† Do you use acupuncture?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I do.¬† I use that.¬† I think it's really cool.¬† I actually wanted to take an acupuncture class.¬† Hopefully I can do that.¬† But I have to be there.¬† I can't do that one online.¬† I would never get any clients (laughter).
Q.¬† You had acupuncture on your feet, knees?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I've had it before.¬† I think there's a lot of results.¬† I just like it.¬† I think it's pretty cool.¬† You just have to be patient.¬† I think it's important to find a good one, though, because a lot of people do it.¬† To do it really the Eastern way I think is right now the best way to do it, so...¬† I have to learn by like a Japanese master, which is where one guy learned.¬† Hopefully I can do that one day.¬† But that would have to be after my career.
Q.¬† As people become more aware of these types of treatment, is it becoming more common in the locker room?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Uhm, I don't know actually.¬† I don't think it's really common really in sport yet, you know.¬† I mean, I'm on synthetic medication now for my leg.¬† When it's an acute injury, you have to take something that can take away the pain.
Q.¬† Have you tried meditation or Yoga?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Yeah, I actually really like Yoga.¬† I don't like it for the spiritual reasons.¬† I don't like all that stuff.¬† I like it to stretch and to be flexible, but I don't like to get involved into all the other stuff that's involved with it.
Meditation, I've heard is really good for you.¬† I haven't been able to do that yet.¬† I have always wanted to take 10 or 15 minutes out of a day and clear your mind.¬† Hopefully I will do that one day.
Q.¬† It sounds like it's important to you to keep your mind active.¬† Talk about that.
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† If I'm thinking too much, I'm thinking too much about my job, which is tennis.¬† Then I can start thinking about too much what to do.¬† I try to keep my mind as far away from that.
When I'm here, I keep my mind so on it that I'm like crazy.¬† But then when I'm away from it, I just try to relax.
Q.¬† How do you put all those outside interests together?¬† In your next career, a nail salon and acupuncture as well?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† That's a good idea.¬† I hope you won't want a royalty on that (laughter).
Yeah, the whole object is to get a business degree.¬† I'm working towards that.¬† That way I can just kind of fit everything in.¬† Maybe I'll be my own agent one day.
Q.¬† Are you done with acting?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† No, not at all.¬† I actually have a gig in a week or two.¬† I'm excited about it.
Q.¬† TV, movie?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† TV.
Q.¬† Can you tell us about it?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I haven't read the script or anything.¬† It's a pretty big show in the United States, so I look forward to it.¬† It's fun.
Q.¬† You don't want to say the same?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† No, not yet.¬† No.¬† But it's cool.¬† I'm excited.
Q.¬† You're not going to punch anyone like you did in the Showtime one?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† No, no.¬† I wasn't good at that, so...¬† But I actually am, so I'm excited about that.¬† Hopefully I can build on that, too.¬† It would be cool.
Q.¬† How about your interests in fashion?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Yeah, I was just emailing new inspirations, gosh, just yesterday about what I'm going to do next, confirming some different designs, colors and stuff.¬† That's fun.¬† I'm educated in that.
So I'm kind of easier doing that for me as opposed to like the school.¬† It's kind of new.¬† But the fashion, I've been educated in that, so it's cool.
Q.¬† In TVs and movies, who would you like to act with most?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I don't know.¬† I would start out with someone that's like maybe more into action, you know, try to see.¬† I don't know, I've never thought about that actually.¬† So I don't know.
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