I could use this headline after every Serena Williams presser. She gives more WTF quotes than anyone on tour, including these head-scratchers from today’s press conference at Wimbledon. Is she speaking in koans or cliches? I leave it for you to decide:
Serena on the Williams sisters:
Q. What’s different from (Venus’s) game and yours on the grass?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm, I think mine is more gritty, you know. I’m obviously smaller. Well, shorter than she is (laughter). So, uhm, you know, I’m more quicker as opposed to faster. But we make a great doubles team (smiling).
Serena on grunting:
Q. You say sometimes you (grunt); sometimes you don’t. Is that a conscious thing at all? Does it just turn on and turn off? When points are more intense, it tends to happen? What?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It’s definitely not conscious. It’s more just ‑‑ I guess it’s effort level. I think I always give a hundred percent, but sometimes I’m so zoned I don’t grunt. Sometimes I’m so zoned that I do grunt.
Whatever way it is, I just don’t know when it’s coming.
Serena on sex:
Q. Michael Stich did an interview today criticizing some women for overplaying their sex appeal. What do you feel when former players criticize female players like that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Sex sells.
Q. So you think it’s just a normal part of the game, yeah?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Sex sells. I don’t know. I just know that. That’s what everyone says, so…
Q. And is it good or bad?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think Angelina Jolie is great. She’s hot. She’s super sexy. Everyone wants to see her, male or female.
Q. And tennis players, should it be the sport or the sex?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It’s across the board.
Serena acting strangely (or should I say normally?)
Q. When did you get here and when did you first get out on a court here?
SERENA WILLIAMS: You’re really concerned about me, huh (smiling)? You really want me to do well here. I appreciate it.
But I promise you, I’ve had a lot of time to prepare. I got here in plenty of time. The same time I get here every year, so…
I’ll be all right. I’ll try. I’ll try just for you (smiling).
Q. You don’t want to say when you got here?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don’t remember. It feels like forever. Don’t you worry.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Thank you.
Serena will have a chance to prove her match-readiness soon, when she takes on Neuza Silva of Portugal in the first round of Wimbledon. Lucie Safarova could be her tough second round opponent.
Interview via Wimbledon.com