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February 21, 2014

Serena Williams


A. CORNET/S. Williams
6‑4, 6‑4

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

Q.  She didn't do much wrong, did she, tonight?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Ah...  I'm a wee bit embarrassed.  (Laughter.)
Um, she played really well.  I just, you know, I didn't play today.  I tried, though.  I just kept hitting errors.  I don't think I have made that many errors in a match in I think at least three years, maybe four years.

Q.  Why does that sort of happen?  Occasionally  these things happen when you don't have a great match.
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Why?  I mean, it happens.  You know, I have been playing really, really solid for a long time.  Today just wasn't my day.
You know, she played a solid match.  She knew someone was going to hit balls in the stands and just didn't get the ball in play, kind of.  I think she did that really well.
Yeah, I just‑‑ it wasn't my day today.

Q.¬† Was there any part of you ‑‑I know you're a professional, but maybe you were thinking ahead to Venus and the final?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† No, I don't think ahead too much in general.¬† I usually just ‑‑I'm used to staying in the moment, and I'm used to doing that.¬† I don't think I had so much.

Q.  How about the back?  I saw a number of serves you seemed to not just get up.  Was that not happening or was something hurting a little bit?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Absolutely nothing was hurting me.  I mean, I just don't know why I didn't get up.  I tried.  I just don't think...

Q.  Just not your day?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† Yeah.¬† I think I just, out of a 10, I was at like a ‑283, so...¬†¬† Wow.

Q.  Like you said, bad days just happen.  When you have a day like this, do you wake up in the morning feeling something is off, or did you step on the court feeling well and it just surprised you?
SERENA WILLIAMS:¬† I haven't felt good this whole week, to be honest, just from my first match.¬† I felt I played good yesterday.¬† I had to play well.¬† If I'd have played like that today, I probably would have been ‑‑I don't know if I would have won, because I think Alize, she played really well, but I definitely think the scoreline would have been a little better.
I started out extremely slow.  I have been actually looking at a turtle every day.  I think it's so cute.  Maybe I was too influenced about by it.  It's a really cute turtle in the hotel.
I need to be able to play better than that if I want to be playing on this tour, on the professional tour.  Maybe I can go to amateurs.

Q.  So you go back and give Venus the book on Alize now?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yeah.  I mean, I'm sure she watched the match.  I'm sure she knows how to play her.  She's played her a few times.  I will obviously tell her what to do, but she'll be fine.

Q.  (Indiscernible.)
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Excuse me?  I don't understand your question.

Q.  This is Dubai finish.  What next for you?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Oh, I think I'm going to play Miami next.  It's a tournament.

Q.  Where do you stand on Fed Cup?  I know Venus said she thinks she might play a tournament.  But she'd like to play.  Do you have any idea where you're at?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  I don't know.  It depends on the week.  It's such a difficult week.  I would love to play.

Q.  It's the 19th.
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yeah, so, you know, at this rate I might have to play another tournament or something, so we'll see.  It just kind of all depends.

Q.  How about back in Delray?
SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yeah, I'm always voting for Delray, but yeah.

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