Q. How do you rate your chances this year?
Q. Do expectations change a little bit given you're coming off a pretty serious injury?
You obviously have to lower your expectations a little bit and be a bit realistic about maybe the first few matches. You have to grind, work through them, hope to get better as the tournament goes on.
Q. How do you feel following Brisbane?
Q. Which will be 41 degrees.
Q. Playing Bethanie first...
I think it's just about being ready, not really worrying about so much what's on the other side, but taking care of your own business out there.
Q. Where do you stand on the speed‑of‑the‑court discussion?
I guess it is what it is. It's good to have that week of preparation here to get used to what you're going to be playing on in a Grand Slam.
Q. Do you prefer Brisbane or this speed?
Q. (Question regarding Hall of Fame sponsorship.)
I was very lucky to learn about the sport by traveling all around the world, being coached by international coaches. I think this is a great insight for them to have that chance and experience to get to know tennis.
It was really a no‑brainer for me.
Q. WTA is still looking for a title sponsor. Do you ever think of putting up the money?
Q. How much did you miss tennis while you were out last year?
I actually didn't sit around too much. I visited great places, but meanwhile worked out. Had my trainer with me every day because it's quite easy to lose shape when you're not doing anything.
It's kind of gone through stages where I got myself better. I started getting back on the court getting myself in tennis shape, playing matches, testing out the shoulder in that kind of environment. Was just really great to be in that tournament atmosphere in Brisbane last week.
Q. How much of an expert are you on the shoulder joint now?
But that's part of the game. Everyone has injuries. Everyone's body is different. They use their joints and muscles in very different ways because of the way they play. Everyone gets used up in different ways, I guess.
Q. From a mental point of view, how hard is it coming back from an injury like the one you suffered last year?
We don't have much patience because we always have a schedule set, tournaments to play. That's tough to accept because you don't quite know when the inflammation is going to go down, when you're going to be able to play overhead shots, things like that.
Q. Did you get to do much of your Yoga in that space off?
But I don't know what I did. I did a lot of rehab, so I worked around that.
Q. Do you have to take antiinflammatories for the shoulder on an ongoing basis?
Q. Because you weren't able to use your shoulder like you normally would during the off‑season, do you think that's going to come in handy when it's 41 degrees, dealing more with fitness?
Actually, you know, I grew up in Florida practicing so many hours a day. It was quite difficult in the summer. Sometimes you found that you'd get a lot more if you started a little bit earlier or later in the day. When you try to put in that effort, that maximum effort to give as an athlete, it's pretty difficult for a longer period of time.
But I think, I mean, it's the things like hydration, eating well that can really help you get to feeling better in that type of situation.
Q. Speaking of the heat, do you remember the hot first‑round match you had here a couple years ago?
Q. What do you remember about that?
Yeah, it's tough. You're not really thinking so much about tennis as trying to really keep your mind, you know, focused on maybe keeping the points a little bit shorter. Obviously the longer they go, the worse it is for both of you out there, so...
Q. You said you're making a conscious effort to get around and see a bit of the city. Where have you been?
Once the tournament starts, you're pretty much training, going home, resting, recovering, doing everything for the next round. There's not much time to get around.
I haven't done anything crazy. Just driven 15 minutes to go to restaurants instead of going down to the lobby or something like that.
Q. Did you wind of taking that selfie for the waiter?
Q. Do you like to look at the draw? Do you have any feeling for where you are?
Q. What's your analysis?
I'm not one to really analyze things and see where certain players will go. That's why we play the matches. That's why we go out there. No matter what you're seeded or ranked, we're all here. There's a reason everyone is in that draw, so...
Q. Is it useful to know when you're playing in one round in the second or third you could play so‑and‑so, just to have a long‑range view?