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S. Williams: «Looking forward to my next match»

© PANORAMIC S. Williams: «Looking forward to my next match»
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Wednesday, 11 February 2009 at 17:04
The world's number one player Serena Williams speaks about her Open GDF SUEZ first round match that she won 6-1 6-4 against Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic.
 

Serena, how does it feel to have to make the transition to the Autralian Open's huge arena to a small stadium like Coubertin?

It's ok, I had played here several times before so I knew what to expect, really. And I happen to like the intimacy of the stadium. As for the actual transition period, I went back home between the Australian Open and the Open GDF SUEZ but I didn't do much because I was sick. I pretty much stayed stuck in bed the whole time and only started practicing after arriving in Paris. I don't know exactly what was wrong with me, I had a flu shot so I know it wasn't the flu... But just like many people in the States, I was definitely sick, I caught the virus, it was pretty sad...

Are you affected by the temperature difference between Autralia and Paris?

No, not really, it's ok. You know, in indoors tournaments, we don't really get to spend that much time outside. It's pretty much from the stadium to the car and then from the car to my place and that's it. So sure, it's kind of cool here, even though today was actually quite nice, but it's all right.

You had an easy frst set, won 6-1, and then things got harder in the second set. What happened?

She definitely raised her game in the second set, while I made some errors on key points, it was also a matter of confidence... That's pretty much what happened. I wasn't feeling great on court, but it was all right, definitely better than in Australia, where I didn't have a great first round and an even worse second round. I think I'll feel better after each match, as the tournament goes on.

You have a very busy schedule. After the Open GDF SUEZ, you will  play in Dubai, Miami and Marbella. How are you going to deal with that and with the various surfaces?

I managed to stay fit after two weeks in Australia, where I played doubles too, I'm sure I'll be fine after Dubai because it's pretty much the same amount of time, two or two and a half weeks. When it comes to the surface, I think the European clay will actually be good for me because I'll be so used to slowness that when I arrive in Charleston, things will feel fast there, and hopefully, I'll be able to get that title.

What about your next opponent, Karolina Sprem?

I've played her once before, and Venus played her a few times. I haven't seen her in a while, but I know she's trying really hard to come back to a great level and at the top of her game, so it's definitely not an easy draw but I'm looking forward to that match.

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