April 19, 2002
A POST-MATCH INTERVIEW WITH: SERENA WILLIAMS
QUARTERFINAL LOSS TO PATTY SCHNYDER
2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Q. Today just not your day?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Nope. Not my day today.
Q. Anything that you can point to?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I missed too many shots. I hurried too much and I just
didn't win basically.
Q. First set you seemed to kind of have everything going. Were you
pretty confident going into the second after that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Sure I was. I mean obviously after winning 6?2 I was
Q. She tried that drop shot that gave you the one match point. Did
you figure at that point she took such a risky chance there that you had
SERENA WILLIAMS: I just take it one point at a time no matter what. I
never think a match is over until you shake hands at the net.
Q. You ended up going up 3?0 in the third set. Take me through what
happened sort of after that.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Made a lot of errors, missed a lot of shots. And the
next thing you know it was 3?3.
Q. With all the upsets that have gone on in the past couple of days
?? I know you don't concern yourself with the rest of the draw, but mentally
was it something that maybe helped her get through that this has kind
of been that kind of week?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm not really sure. You would have to ask her. I don't
Q. Did it affect you at all?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Not at all. I never even thought about it.
Q. Would you say that the clay is the toughest surface for you to
get used to in terms of time needed and stuff?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Actually I think I like the red clay more because it's
a little slower, but no. I've played clay for like since I was ?? I think
I was ten I started training on clay and started turning professional.
So I'm pretty good on it.
Q. What was the turning point in this match for you?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It must have been the ball backhand in the net that the
match point. That was the turning point.
Q. You went from match point there to then giving up I don't remember
how many straight games. But how tough is that, losing that momentum when
you had a chance to close it out?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Really, though, it's not that tough, because this is
just one match, and I think it's more tough for you guys than actually
it is on me, and I'm really ?? it's not that I'm okay with it, it's just
that I know that normally, under normal situations, I wouldn't lose that
match. And this is just ?? next week just it's totally different. I don't
really feel that this is something that's going to hinder my career in
Q. What were the situations that weren't normal?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Everything was normal.
Q. I thought I heard you say that under normal situations you wouldn't
lose this match.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, well, I didn't mean to say that.
Q. What specifically did she do that sort of maybe gave you a problem?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I just think I missed a lot of shots. I kind of was fighting
myself and her out there. And it was like, you know, it was kind of hard
doing that because normally I do make a lot of errors, but I couldn't
get in a rhythm and it was just wasn't the greatest match. But I mean
at least I won't have that many points to defend next year. So that's
always a plus.
Q. In general would it be fair to say that you aren't altogether pleased
with how you played this week even the matches you won, or you were fairly
SERENA WILLIAMS: No. Come on. I wasn't pleased at all. I mean no. Knowing
that I know that I can play a lot better than what I did today, that always
keeps me going because that wasn't a very good match for me. I can do
a lot ?? I have lots of room for improvement, comparing that match. Tons
of room for improvement.
Q. Serena, if you put yourself in her situation and a chance to beat
someone of your caliber, what can that do for a girl?like?her's career?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, what it could do is next time I play her I'll be
even more serious.
Q. I mean does it ?? you said this isn't going to be a career changer
for you or it's not going to alter your goals or how you've been playing,
but it can totally change someone like her's career, couldn't it?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I guess. I don't know. I haven't been in that situation.
Q. When you go out against her, do you see her as a former Top 10
player or just another player in the pack? How do you view her?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No. We've had some pretty close matches way back, way
back. So I don't think I've ever played her on clay actually. I might
have played her ?? I don't know. I don't remember. But she's obvious ??
she has grace. She kind of reminds me a little bit of Rios because he
can do just about anything with his hands and he's really ?? she's obviously
a good player to have gotten this far. So I shouldn't underestimate anyone.
Q. Do you think that did you take her a little lightly at first?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No. I never take anyone lightly. I don't think I took
her lightly at all. I just ?? I didn't play tennis today. I played (laughs)
?? I didn't play. Let's just say I didn't play too good today.
Q. What's your schedule from here?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I am going to Berlin. I think that's first. I haven't
been there in a while, and I didn't play any clay last year, so I can
move up in the rankings and I'm really excited.
END OF INTERVIEW