Quotable Quotes... Serena Williams

Serena Williams talked ups and downs, from the final and the last two years, among other things.

Published July 07, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Serena Williams
Serena Williams

LONDON, England - After winning her 14th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon on Saturday, Serena Williams met the press. Here's a taste of what she said...

On going from being 61 42 up to 1-0 down in the third set...
"I just got too anxious and I shouldn't have been so anxious. There was no particular reason. I was playing a little more aggressively than I was in the first set, and I really have to give credit where credit's due - she started playing really, really well. She started playing excellent grass court tennis, getting a lot of balls back. I panicked a little bit and shouldn't have. I usually don't."

On why this Wimbledon title is special...
"Well, each title is definitely special, but this one is super special. It's Wimbledon. I've wanted to win here so bad. I still can't believe I was able to win my seven matches. This one is obviously special to me because it's a huge comeback for me. I couldn't ask for anything else. I really couldn't."

On the lows...
"Yeah, gosh, definitely had some lows. There was a moment on the couch - I didn't say it on court, that's too much, but I remember I was on the couch and I didn't leave the whole day, for two days. I was just over it. I was praying, like I can't take anymore. I've endured enough. Let me get through this.

"I was so tired at that point. I had a tube in my stomach and it was draining constantly. Gosh, I mean, right before that I had the blood clot. I had lung problems. I had two foot surgeries. It was a lot. It was a lot. I felt like I didn't do anything to bring that on. I just felt down, it was just the lowest of lows.

"I remember Esther, she came up to me and she was like, 'God is really going to help you through this. He never gives you more than you can handle.' I think she saw that I was really, really, really down. That really helped me.

"I got up. I didn't just stay there. That's what you've got to do sometimes. You pray and pray. I'm a pretty spiritual individual, so I'm always praying. I rely on Jehovah to give me strength. I definitely couldn't have done it without my faith.

"I got up and I started."

On the support she got during the lows...
"Well, Esther, Val and Isha in particular, and Jill, from the day I got to the hospital until the day I left, they never left the room. Like they slept there, all three of them. And they didn't have to. They didn't owe me that. It's hard to find people who sleep there every night you're there. They're sleeping on a chair. I'm not comfortable, but at least I'm on a bed. Those memories - I'd rather not endure them, but if you do, it's unbelievable to have those people by your side."

On what could top winning this title...
"The US Open, the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon 2013, The Championships. It's the beginning of a great phase. I feel amazing out there. I think it's definitely the beginning of something great. I hope it is."

On her serve through the tournament...
"Yeah, my serve really helped me throughout this tournament. I don't know. I can't describe why it was so good or how it was so good. It's not like I practice it that much. I just had the rhythm, you know, kind of felt it."

On serving up four aces for a love game in the third set...
"I do that all the time now. I did it in Madrid. I think I also did it earlier in this tournament. That's my latest and greatest thing to do. It's awesome."

On whether she modeled her service motion after Pete Sampras'...
"I used to want to serve just like Pete. But my motion changed. It doesn't look anything like his. But I wanted to. That was the intention. I don't know. I didn't want it to change, it just kind of became my own. It became Serena Williams'."

On having 14 titles in 18 Grand Slam finals, just like Sampras...
"Oh wow, I didn't know that. I really loved Pete when I was younger. My dog's name is Jackie Pete after Pete Sampras, so obviously I'm a little bit obsessed. So yeah, clearly my career is not over, so I definitely want to do a few more."

On being the first 30-something in 22 years to win a Grand Slam title...
"I have never felt better. This whole tournament I have pretty much been injury-free. Normally I play two events, but this one I played every day, two matches a day for a while. I haven't done that in a long time, and I felt great, so..."

On Venus...
"I don't know what I would have done if Venus didn't exist. I don't even know if I would own a Grand Slam title or if I would be playing tennis, because we do everything together. Growing up I copied Venus. She was a really big influence for me. So when she started winning, I wanted it so bad. When she became No.1, I had to be No.1. I had to work harder. I had to do everything in my power to get there. I have no idea what would have happened if she weren't around.

"I can't imagine what she lives through every day. She's incredibly strong. I'm just so influenced and amazed by her playing and doing so well."

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