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Jul 8, 2007

Q & A with 2007 Wimbledon Ladies Champ - Venus Williams

Venus Williams (USA)[23] def Marion Bartoli (FRA)[18] 6-4, 6-1

Q. Is this win, your number four, sweeter than the past three?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I would not give up any of the other wins, of course. This win, it's so much different from the others because the other ones I felt like I was playing in championship form from minute one.

Here I really had to focus on my game, you know, overcome a lot of challenges, including obviously being seeded low, those kinds of things.

But all in all, it's wonderful. But, I mean, the last time I won, it was a really outrageous way to win. I keep that trophy by my bed. That's the only one I keep close to me. I don't know if it can replace that trophy, but it's so wonderful.

Q. How are you feeling now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm very tired. This is my fourth match in a row. You don't expect that at Wimbledon. With the weather going the way it was, I got myself ready for that.

I feel fantastic. Obviously, I feel on top of the world.

Q. She said you're unbeatable on grass. That seemed to be the case. How different is it for you vis a vis the other surfaces now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: This is quite obviously a great surface for me. I think I know how to play this surface also. I feel like I know when to play it high or when to play it low. I know pretty much how the ball's going to bounce.

So, obviously, if there's a surface to pick, grass at Wimbledon's not a bad choice.

Q. Does it seem to you almost like you played two distinctly different tournaments, up to that ninth game against Morigami, it was one tournament and then since then it's been another one?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I don't feel like that. Getting through those kinds of matches, for me I feel like, okay. I mean, she played great. In a way, maybe I was destined to play Morigami because by the time I played Bartoli I was ready for those flat, short, low balls. I'd already seen that shot. For me it was great to have played Morigami because it helped me out today.

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