Serena Williams has her game face on as Wimbledon is set to begin
LONDON -- Serena Williams was in no mood to chat on Saturday as she addressed the media for her mandatory pre-Wimbledon press conference. Peppered with a variety of questions about her mindset and preparation for the third major of the season, Williams kept her answers succinct and matter of fact.
Here’s how the first six exchanges in her press conference played out:
Q. How much are you prepared for Wimbledon this year physically and mentally?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think both I’m really prepared for and really excited to be here.
Q. How do you feel coming here after the French?
SW: I feel good. I feel like every year is another year. I feel happy to be here.
Q. Can you tell us what you’ve been doing since the French Open?
SW: I’ve been doing just a lot of training, just working out, trying to get ready for the next event, which so happened to be Wimbledon.
Q. When did you arrive here?
SW: I got here on Sunday. So, yeah, almost a week.
Q. Were you practicing back in Florida before that?
Q. With your father?
You can forgive the reporters in the room if the subject quickly moved to the World Cup. Serena wasn’t in much of a mood to discuss her tennis, her training or even her mood as the No. 1 player in the world and top seed, gunning to win her sixth Wimbledon crown. If she is able to break her Slam dry spell and win the title -- she has yet to make a major quarterfinal this year -- she would move into a three-way tie for second place on the list of Open Era champions with 18 Slam singles titles, alongside Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
“I feel good,” Williams said, when asked whether her past success at the tournament helped ease her mind. “When I came here, I just felt a sense of being home. I really like being here.” Her words seemed to betray her mood, but she did offer one genuine moment of insight into her current psyche.
Asked how long it took her to get over her shocking second round loss to Garbine Muguruza at the French Open, Serena paused. “Who says I was over it?”
Williams plays her first round match on Monday against Anna Tatishvili.