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Quotable Quotes: Serena Williams

Serena Williams did the traditional defending champion's pre-tournament presser at Wimbledon, talking about everything from pressure to missing Venus and emulating Andre. Read on...

Published June 23, 2013 12:01

Quotable Quotes: Serena Williams
Serena Williams

LONDON, England - Serena Williams did the traditional defending champion's pre-tournament presser on Sunday, talking about everything from pressure to missing Venus and emulating Andre. Read on...

On whether she feels any pressure to defend her title...
"Everyone who knows me knows that's kind of how I feel, unfortunately. I wish I didn't feel that way. But the most important thing I can take from this is I don't have to win, but I definitely want to."

On whether there is any competition for her to win her sixth title here and surpass Venus...
"For me there is no family competition, but I believe this is the first year I've played Wimbledon and Venus hasn't been here. So I feel lonely. I feel like something is missing. I talk to her all the time - more than usual. We stay together here and I'm still staying in the small room because she always had the bigger room. I can't imagine being in the bigger room. So she told me before I left, 'Snap out of it. It's time for you to pass me.' So that was really encouraging. Hopefully I'll be able to do it."

On how disappointed she is that Venus isn't here...
"It's like a little cloud. Every time I walk into the home, I'm a little sad. I look in her room. She always had music in the morning. We always danced in the morning. She's definitely really missed.

"She's getting better though. I talked to her yesterday and she said she's doing a different type of rehab. It was really exciting to hear because it means she's maybe found the root of the problem."

On what her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, means to her...
"Well, Patrick, he means a lot to me. I was just talking to him randomly a couple days ago, and I said, 'Wow, in a year we've won three Grand Slams, two gold medals, a WTA Championships.' And he said, 'You're 74-3.' I said, 'Really?' He's like, 'That's pretty good.' I said, 'No, it could be better.'

"I'd say I'm definitely a more intense person, if possible. I take more pride into every stroke, into every tournament I play, every match - I think that's one big change that has happened in my career.

"I appreciate that we continue to motivate each other. With that being said, when I'm at home I always work with my father. My father is still 100% involved in my tennis. I do a lot of things with him."

On how the team combination works...
"Patrick deserves a lot of credit. But it's not just him. We work together as a team. My dad was on board for some of those wins. Sasha, Esther, they're on board for every single one of those wins. My mom is, too. It's a team effort. You see the tennis player - you see me sitting here talking to you all - but it should really be me, my dad, my mom, Patrick. And Jill is looking at me, so it should be Jill.

"You never really realize the complete effort that goes into making one champion. I feel really, really fortunate to have not only Patrick, who does a great job coaching me, but the team as well."

On making the transition from clay to grass...
"Well, growing up, I saw how Andre Agassi always practiced on hardcourt, so all my career I've done what he did: I practice on hardcourt. In preparation for the grass, I just play on hard. I've played maybe one or two grass court events in my career before, but I feel like this worked for him. It was such an amazing run. It was great for American tennis. I was so inspired. I wanted to do what he did.

"It's worked for me; Venus did the same thing. It's worked for her. I think it's pretty good."

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