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SONY OPEN TENNIS


March 23, 2013


Venus Williams


MIAMI, FLORIDA

THE MODERATOR:テつ Venus has unfortunately to withdraw from the tournament with a lower back injury.

Q.テつ When did it pop off?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ Yeah, just yesterday I was having some pain, and then just wanted to see how I felt in the warmup.テつ Just, you know, not able to play today.

Q.テつ Tougher to have to withdraw from this being it's so close to home for you?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ Yeah.テつ It's really disappointing.
You know, this is just the kind of tournament that, you know, you want to play well at.テつ But, you know, I have faced disappointments in my life and my career.テつ It's not the first; probably not the last.
Just have to get through it and stay positive.

Q.テつ When did you actually decide that you weren't going to play?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ Just after my warmup.テつ I just realized that I wasn't going to be able to be competitive at all today.

Q.テつ You had a pretty tough match the previous round.テつ Was this any effect from that?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ You know, it's hard to say.テつ It's hard to pinpoint anything, so I really don't know.

Q.テつ What now?テつ What do you think will be your next event?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ Well, I'm playing in Charleston, so that's really still my goal, to get ready to play there.

Q.テつ Do you have any worries that this could go beyond this tournament?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ I mean, that's always a concern, but, I mean, I have dealt with injuries before, you know, in my whole career.テつ I feel like also I know how to hopefully recover quickly from them.

Q.テつ What's your thoughts on the upcoming Fed Cup?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ Fed Cup tie?テつ I don't think the team has been decided yet, so...

Q.テつ Are you available?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ Yeah, I'm available.テつ Yes.

Q.テつ It's convenient.
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ It's convenient?テつ Yeah, I played both ties in Delray, so...

Q.テつ I wanted to ask who would have been your opponent today, Sloane Stephens.テつ She's been compared to your sister a lot.テつ What do you think of those comparisons, if you have any thoughts of her going forward?
VENUS WILLIAMS:テつ Well, I think, you know, Serena is an unbelievable player and a legend.テつ If anyone has the opportunity to be compared to her, you know, it's definitely a good sign.

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