It’s a Williams Slam!
Q. How does it feel to win here again, even years?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It feels good. I mean, we have a Williams Slam. I think we’ve four in a row now. So we were really excited about that. It’s got the Venus and Serena.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, the Williams Slam in doubles.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Venus and Serena. So it’s exciting.
The World No. 1 and 2 in singles are now the official World no. 1 doubles team and the title holders of all four Major championships. Yes. Let’s just think about how friggin’ awesome that is. . . via RolandGarros.com:
Their triumph makes them only the third team in history to hold all four Grand Slam doubles titles at the same time after Navratilova/Shriver and Fernandez/Zvereva, and they are yet to lose a Grand Slam doubles final in 12 attempts.
Roger and Rafa, you better get cracking!
This is Williams sisters’ second doubles title at Roland Garros. They won their first – which was also their first ever Major doubles title – in 1999. Yep, these two go way back.
Q. And also, how old were you when you played your first doubles match together?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Super young. (Laughing.)
VENUS WILLIAMS: Extremely young. That’s what we were saying the other day. We’re the longest standing doubles team. We’ve been playing since the ’80s together. We’ve got quite a record.
It’s been we don’t even remember the first time. It’s been forever.
Q. Do you remember anything about that? What you wore? What happened on the court?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I remember a couple things. I remember sorry. (Laughing.)
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, no.
Q. Oh, yes.
SERENA WILLIAMS: I remember my dad told Venus you remember this? (Laughing.) He told Venus to cross you remember now?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. I can’t.
SERENA WILLIAMS: (Laughing.) He told Venus to that she had to cross more, and so I think she got upset and she crossed when the person was serving. (Laughter.)
She ended up volleying the serve. Oh, it was so funny.
I remember my dad, he’s so positive. He’s like, Oh, no, no, Venus, not that. Just wait until after the serve.
I promise you every tournament I think about that when we’re in doubles. I’m thinking, Okay, I got to get aggressive. I just always think about that.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I remember that.
SERENA WILLIAMS: You remember?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Isha was serving. Our older sister was serving.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, my gosh. That was so funny.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Wow.
SERENA WILLIAMS: And I also remember my dad told me I had to play the forehand because I was young and I was smaller, and then he put Venus on the backhand. It’s been like that ever since. That was 20 years ago?
VENUS WILLIAMS: At least.
SERENA WILLIAMS: At least.
VENUS WILLIAMS: More than 20.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah.
Robin Soderling and Rafael Nadal are playing each other in the final on Sunday, a rematch of last year’s fourth round stunner. The two men won very different semifinals on Friday. Rafa got through in straights over Jurgen Melzer, playing what he said was his best tennis of the tournament. Robin Soderling won a five set, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, battle vs. Tomas Berdych, playing against the Czech version of himself.
No, there’s no psychological tension between these guys:
Q. You have played [Soderling] a couple of times, and you had some psychological battles. How would you describe your relationship to him?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t have nothing to say about the relationship. For me, the relationship with him was normal. I had a little bit more tension than usual match in Wimbledon match 2007?
RAFAEL NADAL: 8, no. No, no.
RAFAEL NADAL: 7?
Q. Well, it doesn’t matter.
RAFAEL NADAL: 2007? Yes, it matters. (Laughter.)
2007, but after that, no, I didn’t have not one problem with him. I think he’s doing well, and at the same time he improves his level of tennis. He improve his level of kind of person, no? I think he improve his personality the last year.
RAFAEL NADAL: I think he say more times hello to the rest of the yeah, I am speaking serious. I am speaking in the positive way, not in a negative way. Sure.
Robin remains icily unimpressed.
Q. Since you played Rafa here last year, he’s mentioned a few times or more it was implied that the knees were a problem or other things were bothering him. Has that bothered you that maybe that was some sort of excuse for his performance that day?
ROBIN SODERLING: No, I never thought about it. Well, I think he’s definitely not the only player who has some problem with his body. I think we all have that from time to time. So I never really thought about it.
You know, I was very happy with the win and my run here last year. I still am. It doesn’t matter who I played or who I beat or if he was injured or not.