"Well, the thing is the first set, I guess I played the worst first set in my whole life. I couldn't feel anything. First of all, the warmup, I couldn't put two balls on the other side of the court. I was so stressed. I couldn't feel my grips. I didn't know how to grip the racquet anymore."
"After shoulder surgery I'm not going to come out and hit Mach 50 and try and hit aces left and right. "
"I feel right now that Safina should be number 1."
"...my coach always says 'it can be easy, 6‑1, 6‑1, and can be tough. I only can put this difference. If you start to play your game, it's tough to handle you.' I was playing good and it was tough for her. That was the result how he says."
"When you are very stressed you can't breathe, and my impression was that my legs were weighing 100 kilos each. I was late on each ball. I couldn't see the ball properly. It was a nightmare."
I read that you're staying with Serena and you got the bigger bedroom. How did that work out?
"I don't know. Every time I go, she comes in my room and opens the closet and says, 'look at all this closet space.' She's silly,though. I'm just happy that she lets me stay for free."
You're known as a fighter. It's practically attached to your name. How difficult was it to encounter a situation where really fighting did not help?
"To be honest, it really did. I think if I was--if I was a mentally weak person or individual, I think I wouldn't be here today. I'd be on some island. I mean, sounds good to me, probably sounds good to everyone in this room. You know, with a nice cold pina colada and a nice cold towel they hand around at the pools."
You said you have experience, but you were stressed. Is there a particular reason?
"There's a little reason. First, we are in France. Second, we are in the French Open. Third, we have--my results in the French Open haven't been great. Then I also played against a French player, and also, it's clay. So all of this sums it up."