This Week In Tennis
Q. In your last three losses, you showed incredible dignity on the court. How important was it for you to be that kind of person? Do you think that contributes to who you are as a champion?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I think it's definitely important, but it's just more or less who I've become and who I am. Definitely being genuinely happy at that moment for the people that I lost to.
I always said, and I'll say it again, for me the success of another female in particular should be the inspiration to the next.
I just felt like, if anything, these ladies inspire me to want to do better. Why would I be jealous of them? I have so many titles, so many Grand Slams, so many things that I'm proud of. I just feel honored that, you know, I'm welcoming them to this unique position with open arms.
Q. When we think of Serena, we think of her serve. Could you try to put the different elements of her game as a whole, her forehand, her return, her presence, her mental toughness?
ELENA VESNINA: You know, Serena, she's not only about serve. When people are saying about her, of course, she's relying on serve, and that's her biggest weapon. But on the baseline, she's also using the pace really good. She's changing the spin on the ball. She's not only hitting flat balls, she's using spin, slices sometimes. She's maybe not the best mover, but she's reading your game.
Today for me was really difficult. I would say she has one of the best forehand cross court return from the deuce side. It's so fast, you cannot even finish your serve, then the ball's already passing you with a clear winner.
Of course, the mental part. I mean, she's the strongest one with the mentality to playing on the big courts, the big events, finals, semifinals, Grand Slams. She's the best with this.
Q. For many people, to get to three major finals in a row in the same year is an incredible accomplishment. How do you look upon what you've done this year and the groove in which you're playing right now?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think it's great. I mean, I think for anyone else in this whole planet, it would be a wonderful accomplishment.
For me, it's about obviously holding the trophy and winning, which would make it a better accomplishment for me.
For me, it's not enough. But I think that's what makes me different. That's what makes me Serena.
Q. It was a great final, one of the best I remember in the last years. Does it give you partial consolation?
ANGELIQUE KERBER: Yeah, I mean, of course I went out there today to win the match. That's for sure. But at the end, I tried everything. This is what I always telling myself when I go to the match. I was a little bit nervous at the beginning of the match.
After this amazing two weeks, I just can say that I give everything. Of course, I'm disappointed. But at the end I'm also proud about that what I did, also after Paris. I reach my second Grand Slam final in this year. It was amazing final. I really enjoy the final today. It was a great atmosphere out there. I will never forget the feeling.
Q. Very few players in their mid 30s seem to have a rebirth and get better. What are your thoughts on being in your mid 30s and the possibility that this may be a steppingstone to greater achievement than in the past few years for you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, in life there is no such thing as impossible. It's always possible. That's what you feel as an athlete. Pretty much our job is to make the impossible happen every day. It's like magic, you know. I like that.
I like to think that people will continue to play a long time.
Q. When you were leaving Centre Court, it looked like you were trying to take in your surroundings and remember the scene there. Do you think that could be the last time you'll be on Centre Court? Are you confident you'll be back next year?
ROGER FEDERER: That was not how I was looking at Centre Court. I was looking at Centre Court as in thank you for the crowd, thank you for the great feeling that you gave me throughout The Championships. I was fortunate enough to play all my matches on Centre Court. I don't take that for granted.
For me, it's a respect towards Milos to wait for him. Like in the olden days, you walk off together, same time thank the crowd, then leave the stage for Milos really at the end.
That's what I was going through, not thinking about this might be my last Wimbledon. And, yes, I hope to be back on Centre Court, to be very clear for you.
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