July 29, 2015

Serena Williams Moves into Round of 16; Hopes for the Best for Capriati

Serena Day 2 Press Conference

(March 23, 2013) Five-time Sony Open champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams rebounded from a 0-3 start to beat Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-3, 6-3 in 75 minutes on Saturday night on Stadium Court. Williams has now improved her record against Morita to 2-0.

Despite the score, Williams said it was a competitive match.

“I think she’s a pretty good player,“ said Williams. “I get a good impression from her.  I played her before.  She’s tough.  She plays well.  She stays really focused and she stays really pumped up, which I think is a really good feature.”

Serena Williams spoke about her sister Venus’ withdrawal from the tournament with an ailing lower back.

“I think it was the right decision for her, “ Serena Williams said.  I haven’t seen her really on the practice court as much because she wasn’t feeling great, so I think she’s taking everything a day at a time.”

Instead of taking a Rolls Royce to the match from her hotel on Saturday, due to the heavy traffic she rode a bicycle.

“The traffic was crazy and everyone was like, I have been here for an hour and I’m staying like eight minutes away, “ Williams said.  They were in the traffic for an hour.  I’m like, Okay, I’m not going to make my match if I don’t get there.

“So I asked for a golf cart, and the hotel didn’t have a golf cart.  Then they were like, we have a motor bike.  I’m like, I don’t do motor bikes.  They said, We have a bicycle.  I said, I really don’t do bicycles, but I will today.  It was fun.”

Williams was asked about her relationship with or if she has been in contact recently with tennis Hall of Famer Jennifer Capriati, who was recently charged with stalking and battery in association with an ex-boyfriend.

“No. Last I heard she was happy I lost in Australia. ” Williams said.  “So, yeah, I don’t really know.  Shocking, but yeah.  I have always been really nice to her, though, and I see her around in Palm Beach, and her mom.

“I always tell her mom to tell her I say hi.  I honestly hope the best for her.  I hope she’s okay.  She has a good heart.”

Back in January during the Australian Open Capriati tweeted: “Maybe tennis will become interesting again. I’ve seen enough Serena to last a life time..lol”

The win puts the American into the round of 16 where she’ll face Dominika Cibulkova for a spot in the quarterfinals. Cibulkova stopped Romina Oprandi 6-3, 6-4.

Williams is looking to be the sole record holder for the most singles titles in Sony Open history. She’s currently tied with Steffi Graf with five. Williams won the tournament from 2002-2004 and 2007-2008.


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Serena Williams Moves Past Morita into Round of 16 at Australian Open



(January 19, 2013) Serena Williams won the last six games of her match to stop Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-3 in the third round of the Australian Open.


The veteran 31-year-old American, who is looking for a sixth title at Melbourne Park and a third consecutive major title, was 3-0 down in the second set  to No. 72 Morita after suffering her first service break of the tournament before surging to win six games in a row.


Williams almost set a record by hitting a 129 mph serve. Williams hit 9 aces and 29 winners.


“I tried to hit it really hard,” said Williams talking about her serve. “ I hit 207 (kph) the other day and I thought it was luck. But I did it again and I was like whew! I’m going to try to go for 210. We’ll see.


“I thought she played really well, “Williams said of her opponent. “She played at a level higher than I expected so it took me off guard.  She was just consistent, really consistent.”


Williams discussed how she fells going into the second week of the tournament:

“I feel today was actually a really good match for me.  I was involved in a lot of longer points, something I definitely wanted.

I feel good.  I hope I can keep this level up and go higher.


She’ll play her fourth-round match against Maria Kirilenko, who beat Yanina Wickmeyer earlier Saturday.


“My job is to do the best I can, “Williams said of the match-up.   “Maria is playing consistent tennis, especially the past 16, 18 months, she’s been so consistent.  So my goal is just to be really focused against such a player that’s doing so well.”


Serena Williams Answers Questions About Her Ankle with Easy Second Round Victory

Bank of the West semifinals (Serena Williams)

(January 17, 2013) Serena Williams answered the questions about her ankle with a 6-2, 6-0 rout of No. 112 Garbine Muguruza of Spain on Thursday at the Australian Open.The American rolled over on her right ankle falling on the court during her first round 6-0, 6-0 win over Edina Gallovits-Hall.


“I didn’t feel anything today,” in terms of the ankle injury said Williams.  “Obviously when you go out to play you’re heavy on adrenaline and you’re really pumped up.


“Usually I feel injuries after the match, but so far, so good.  I felt pretty, much better than I ever dreamed of expecting to feel.


“There was definitely a discomfort, said Williams about her practice on Wednesday.  “So I woke up this morning and I was really shocked that I didn’t have as much.


“So I think the hit helped, though, but it was definitely not comfortable at all.”


During Thursday’s match, Williams had another scare – she hit her mouth on a forehand follow through with her racquet during the first set.


“I don’t know why my racquet was even in my face, Williams said. “I mean, it’s like I have been playing tennis far too long to hit myself.  I think I was hitting a forehand, Williams said demonstrating her follow through.


“I’m like, come on.  Like, Serena, pull yourself together here.”


“One day I twist my ankle, one day I hit my mouth. I don’t know what’s going to happen on Saturday,” Serena said after the match.


The most competitive game of the match came in the first game in the second set which had 10 deuces over 17 minutes which ended in a break for Williams.


Serena was dominant on her serve hitting 10 aces winning 84 percent of her first serve points. She ended the match on a 128 mph ace.

Williams next plays Japan’s Ayumi Morita on Saturday for a place in the Round of 16.