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Quotable Quotes: 2012, According To Serena

Serena Williams talks Istanbul, Mauritius, confidence, the 1800s, the Serena Slam and more...

Published November 14, 2012 12:00

Quotable Quotes: 2012, According To Serena
Serena Williams

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Over the next week, wtatennis.com will bring you some final thoughts - as well as some random quotes - of the 2012 season, from several of the WTA's biggest stars, who all had a look back during the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012. Today, the World No.3...

On the pressure she put on herself to win Istanbul...
"Now that it's over and I can be honest, I really wanted to win this title. I wanted it so bad but didn't want to say it. I had such a good year, winning Wimbledon and the US Open, the Olympics, it's like I was such a heavy favorite to win this title, so for me it was really important. For my own sanity, so to say, I really wanted it, even though I didn't need it. I don't think I needed to do anything else this year or any other year, but I really wanted to end on a good note."

On saying she would love to live in Istanbul...
"I said I should move here because there is so much love and everyone is so nice. I just feel really bad because I can't sign all of the autographs, because the people go really, really crazy in the front. But I really like it a lot here."

On her best memory from Istanbul this year...
"I'll probably remember the fans, how amazing and excited they were. The karaoke sign, the guy had the sign that said, 'Are we going to karaoke tonight?' He knows I'm a big karaoke addict. I'll remember all of those things."

On if she remembered her first time playing the year-end event...
"No, I don't. I think it was back in the 1800s."

On her matches with Azarenka this year...
"I played really well the first few times we played this year, namely in Madrid and wherever else we played, Wimbledon, Olympics - but at the US Open she went out and got better and played really well. I don't think I have an edge - every time you step out on that court it's a brand new time, and there is no edge."

On getting in the zone...
"I go through different emotions. Sometimes it's really exciting - like when you first walk out on the court it's like, 'Wow, they're here, they're here for you.' You see the sold out crowd and it's completely packed and you see all the signs and people sitting on the stairs with no seats, just filling in the arena even more.

"Then you come to the moment where you have to play. I have to separate it there. It's about staying focused and thinking about wanting to win every point."

On confidence...
"I've always said if I'm playing well and doing everything right, it's really difficult to beat me. I still believe that, which is great that I can still kind of play that way. I feel like there are always ways for me to improve, but I think it's a true statement, without trying to sound really full of myself or anything."

On Patrick Mouratoglou saying she'll be training in Mauritius now...
"That's where everyone at his academy trains at the end of the year. So when we first started working out, that's all I wanted to do, was go to Mauritius, because I saw the pictures and it was so pretty. All I could think of in Stanford - and I'm not kidding - was swimsuit shopping. So six months in advance I had all my swimsuits and bikinis. Everyone is going to be training two and three times, but I told Patrick, 'Now look. I'll train in the morning and I'm at the beach in the afternoon. We have to have some sort of understanding here.' So I'm excited about that. It'll be like a mini-vacation for me. I'll work hard then lay out."

On competition...
"I was playing Family Feud today on my phone, and I was really competitive with someone in the digital world. I don't even know who they were and I got angry."

On continuing to dominate as a thirty-something...
"I think Roger and myself - and Venus is still swinging and winning tournaments - it just goes to show you we can still do well and play well at an older age. I don't know if it's for everyone, though. Different strokes for different folks. It's definitely for myself and Roger and Venus. We like it. We love the game. We love to play. We love being competitive. We love the competition. It's our life."

On whether she has another Serena Slam in her...
"I don't know. I could. We'll see. I have a chance. Hopefully."

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