19 January - 1 February 2015
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Serena Williams
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Q. Playing in the heat, can you tell us how you felt at the end of the match and how you feel now after you've recovered?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I feel good to have gotten through that one because it was tough conditions out there, but I was happy to win.

Q. We just heard that Venus has an injury and you won't be playing in the doubles. How do you feel about that? Does it help you not having to play in the heat more?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I love playing doubles, love playing with Venus, but sometimes it doesn't work out. We'll make sure we come back and play maybe next year.

Q. Must be a relief though that you don't have to play again today.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I guess it's a relief, but like I say, we love to play doubles and we love to be out there. I love getting extra practice like that, so I'll definitely miss it. I don't know if it's a relief, but I will miss it.

Q. How did she get hurt?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. You'll have to ask her. I know she was taped in Auckland, but I don't really know.

Q. Your 61st victory here today, a record. Want to talk about a couple of your favorite matches?
SERENA WILLIAMS: For sure all the finals I was able to win (smiling). Yeah.

Q. What's the toughest part for you about playing in the heat? Is it just it doesn't stop or it's physical or mental for you?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It's definitely a lot of physical, but you have to be ready. Today actually wasn't as hot. I think it was more hot yesterday. So it wasn't as bad today. Honestly, on the one end I felt it was like a cool breeze coming over, so that was a good sign.

Q. You made a string of five unforced errors in the first two or three games. Did you have trouble settling or was it just nervous or...
SERENA WILLIAMS: I was just getting my bearings and trying to figure out, you know, to do the right thing. I wasn't fully on today, so I was just trying to see if I could just go for it and how far out they were going to be, going to try to make them.

Q. Did you feel a bit dizzy afterwards? Was that because of the heat?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I didn't feel dizzy afterwards.

Q. Somebody said you didn't do a TV interview because of that.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, no. I had some pressing things I needed to take care of.

Q. You love to laugh but you also have a serious side. You have your schools in Africa and have read Mandela closely. Mandela's message was pretty much forgiveness and reconciliation. Work with the springbox for reconciliation, put his jail in the front row of the inauguration. Do you think that spirit could affect your thoughts about what happened in the desert? There is a new generation of people who would love to see you there. Would that ever cross your mind as a possibility?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it actually crossed my mind a couple days ago, or after I saw the movie.

Q. Do you think you would? It would be such a wonderful event for American tennis and for your career. Do you think that's something you might consider in the future?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Like I said, it crossed my mind not too long ago when I went to see the movie. I thought about it.

Q. And your thoughts on that movie? Pretty strong, eh?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Right now I don't know. I just have to focus on this tournament. But I think Mandela was a really amazing man. I felt really honored to have a chance to meet him, get to know him a little bit, and get to know his story a little better.

Q. In tennis history, players typically do not improve at 32. Yet all signs are that you have. How does that happen?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I feel like, you know, in life 32 is young, you know. In sports it's old. But for whatever reason, I feel like I just never was really able to reach my full potential, and I feel like recently I just have been able to do a little better. I just keep trying to