Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews
Family Circle Cup 2003
Family Circle Tennis Center in Daniel Island, South Carolina, USA (Charleston)
11 April, 2003
S. Williams (1) / J. Dokic (6), 6-2, 6-2
Family Circle Cup - Tournament Stats
Friday, April 11
A POST-MATCH interview with: SERENA WILLIAMS
SERENA WILLIAMS vs. JELENA DOKIC 6-2, 6-2
Q. Was it as easy as it looked?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Not at all. It was definitely
a really tough match out there today.
Q. I'm curious. What's it like when you're
the best tennis player in the world and early in
the match before it was decided, you guys were
banging away at each other from the baseline a
couple times. Does anything go through your mind
as it goes on and you can hear the crowd kind of
inhale with each shot?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No. I'm just pretty much
always focusing on being able to win the point,
and I don't know, I never really thought about
it that way. Maybe I'll think about it tomorrow.
Q. Maybe that's why you're the best and I'm
sitting out here in your audience.
SERENA WILLIAMS: No. I doubt it.
Q. In the second game you came out a little
flat, it looked like. You had dominated her there
and seemed like you kind of broke her. Then after
she held serve the first time, I could see you
started to set your feet. You were up on your
toes again and you could see the intensity in the
balls that traveled over the net. Can you talk a
little bit about that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, she -- I think maybe I
did get off to a slow start because I won the
first game fairly easily, and I think I took it
for granted that, oh, quick break, quick hold.
Instead, she broke me straightaway back, and I
think that's a classic case of underestimating my
opponent so soon on. I knew I was going to have a
tough match. We always have battles, but when I
won the first game, I think I got a little too
Q. What can we do in Charleston to get your
sister to come here with you?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Pray.
Q. Serena, do you have to raise your game for
each level in these tournaments? I mean as you
get to the quarterfinals, do you notice that the
intensity gets a little bit higher?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It does. Each round the
intensity gets higher. There's more at stake
and there's always more and more and more, so I
have to make sure I stay focused mentally, I
think, more than anything.
Q. What were the conditions like out there?
Was it cold or was it windy? What did it feel
like out there?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It was normal. I don't think
it was windy. It was a little bit chilly, but you
don't really feel it when you're playing. You
feel it more when you're done playing. So I
think the conditions were pretty good. It wasn't
as windy as it looked earlier today, it was more
Q. With this matchup with Davenport where
does that rank as far as difficulty so far this
year? Will that be your toughest match so far
SERENA WILLIAMS: Every match is going to
be tough. Playing Lindsay is going to be tough
because she's doing very well now. I know she won
a big tournament earlier this year. We always
have some really good matches. It's definitely --
every round, it doesn't matter who you play, it's
going to be a tough match.
Q. You've had a target on you with the other
players in this circuit for a while. They want to
beat the best. Has that target gotten bigger as
this streak grows?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I'd imagine so. I'm
just trying to take it one match at a time and see
Q. Serena, last year this was the round
where you were knocked out. Is it a big goal of
yours to come in and make it at least past this
SERENA WILLIAMS: Definite. A couple rounds
past this round is my goal.
Q. Serena, talk about the streak earlier on.
You said you wanted to be undefeated for the
entire year. Is that added pressure? Do you
think about it throughout the course of the year
or is it basically you made a statement and now
you just go out and play?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I don't think
it's really possible. I think it's a very hard
goal to reach. I don't know. I don't think
about it. I just go out and play, and if I lose,
I lose. If I don't, I don't. But I don't
necessarily think about I'm on this streak,
because for an athlete, especially in a sport
where I am, it's all about individualism. It's
going to be tough to keep winning without having a
teammate there to support you.
END OF INTERVIEW
The interview article quoted from the 2003 Family Circle Cup official website.