Serena Booted At Wimby – Day 6 Interview

S. Williams – Day 6
Saturday, June 25, 2005

Q. How are you feeling after that?


Q. Yeah?


Q. Could you elaborate for us.


Q. Well, that’s fairly rude. As Brits, we expect a little more respect from our atheletes.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, first of all, I ain’t one of your atheletes, and second of all, tell that to Hugh Grant. As Americans, we expect a little more respect for our Sunset Strip working women.

Q. Back to the match, Serena. Obviously you weren’t looking your best today.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Is that a question?

Q. You didn’t look your best today. Can you tell us why?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, my ankle was still giving me problems. I think it’s broke.

Q. Do you think it was a bad idea to play here with such an injury?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I didn’t think so at first, but as the match went on, I realized that both of my ankles and my left knee are all broken. I’m pretty sure that I have some cracked vertabrae as well. I heard some crackling when I followed through on my backhand.

Q. Has a doctor confirmed these injuries?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yes, my dad Richard serves as our family physician when we’re on the road and he can confirm these injuries. Dad?

RICHARD WILLIAMS: She ain’t lyin’. She’d have to have a broken back to lose to a snack-cake like Jill Craybas! She looks like a big damn white turkey.

Q. Your opponent played a pretty good match. Do you think she deserves any credit for her part in your loss?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Not at all. I played horribly. She just happened to be on the other side of the net. I could have lost to an 8-year-old Adam Rich out there today. I mean, on a normal day, it would take me about 30 minutes to beat a player like Jill Crawfish. I exert more energy every morning on the crapper than I do beating pre-lim bums like her.

Q. Again, this seems a little rude not to give your opponent any credit at all. Did she do anything well?


Q. Will you be taking some time off from the tour due to your injuries?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don’t know. I may have an event next week if my spine is healed by then. Dad says that spinal injuries only take a week or two to heal up, so I should be back and playing soon. I’m sure I’ll play much better once my broken ankles, broken knee and broken vertebrae heal.

Q. Has this year’s experience soured you on coming back to Wimbledon, or should we expect to see you next year?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I don’t much really like this place. It’s not a whole lot of fun playing in front of a bunch of snaggletoothed cracker-ass crackers and bluebloods who think they’re all that, like I should have to curtsy to anybody. Plus, I don’t need the money any more – and you don’t even pay me in dollars – I don’t know what all these coins are for anyway. I’d say probably not, but ask me again at Christmas when I’m in a good mood because Santa is comin’.

RICHARD WILLIAMS: She will only be back if you get rid of all the racist umpires and line judges. It was pretty obvious why you had them all working her match today – and we don’t care for it. Not a bit.

Q. At the start of the tournament you said, I mean, you went through your injuries that you had and the really short preparation, but you still expressed confidence that now that you’re here, that you could compete and that you’d ‑‑ that you had a shot. Do you think, looking back now, that was a misplaced confidence, to think you could come here and think you could win here after such interrupted preparation?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don’t think so at all. I have been having great practices. It’s just I was really off today and I didn’t play the way I normally can play. Even if I’m playing bad, I normally play better than this. So that wasn’t the case of being filled with aplomb or anything. I just think today was a bad day for me.