Q. Right from the start, didn't look like you were quite yourself today. Is everything okay?
It was fine.
Q. You have been struggling with your back in practice?
Q. That's my job to know that.
Q. What went bad today? What happened?
She made some good shots, and I just made way, way, a lot of unforced errors.
Q. Are you angry to lose?
Q. Normally you hit a shot and you go forward. Today you were hitting a shot and you were going back. Do you have a problem on the back?
I think Ana just played a really good match. She did what it takes to win.
Q. Seems every year in Australia you have something.
I feel like I'll win it again. Maybe just obviously not this year, but maybe next year.
Q. Ana drew a lot of support from the crowd. Did you feel the crowd was against you at all throughout the match?
I don't think the crowd was against me. I think they wanted Ana to play well.
Q. Were you taken by surprise by her performance and how much she's improved perhaps in the last 12 months?
Q. What is the issue with your back specifically?
Q. How long has it been troubling you?
Unfortunately I don't have that in a Grand Slam. It will be okay, though.
Q. Patrick said that you blocked your back and then you blocked your neck.
Q. No comment. And that you just couldn't move and hit the way you usually do. Can you just tell us what was really happening out there with your body?
But it's okay. You know, I feel like I know for a fact I can play so much better than what I did today, so with that, knowing that, I'm not disappointed or anything. I just know that I can play ten times better than what I did today.
Q. When you did retire from doubles, you were feeling worse or better than Venus? Which one of you was more injured?
Q. Patrick said before the Hantuchova match you were feeling worse and you were even thinking about pulling out possibly. How did you cope with the pain over the last few days and how it's gotten better or not better since that moment?
It's not like I gave her the match. I tried to fight the best I could today. But, yeah, I didn't almost didn't play. But, hey, I did, and at least I feel good that I tried the best that I could on this day.
Q. You were almost on fire while the heat was on past couple weeks up in Brisbane and down here. Did the sudden change from really hot to really cold, maybe slower balls, stiffer muscles, do you feel the drastic change in weather affected you?
I feel like the warmer weather actually works better for me. I play good in the warm weather. I don't think it was a problem.
Q. What kind of treatment have you taken on the back the last few days? Also, just the offseason, you had a different kind of offseason this year. Do you think that contributed in any way to what's going on?
But, no, I think my offseason was really good. And even though I didn't play well today, I wasn't tired at all. So I was super fit.
But like I said, I feel very encouraged to go home, and pain or no pain, just to start working even harder. Every time I lose I feel like I get better, and I'm going to definitely go home and do a tremendous amount better.
Q. It's been three years now. Last three years you've had injuries: the two ankles and now the back. When you're here, do you wait for the injury shoe to drop?
At the end of the day it's not the end of the world, and I keep stressing that I feel like Ana played really well. I think she played a really good match.
You know, I don't want to sit here and make an excuse when she played such a great match.
Q. When you have something like you have, being a tennis player and being existing all these rules against doping, are you afraid to take the pill that help you to get better sooner? You have to check everything? Is that a worry that the player has?
You know, I just always check and make sure I'm not doing anything bad, because the last thing I need is that in my life.
Q. With Serena Williams the bar is set so high. greatest player in the universe. Can she catch Crissy and Martina? But in your own mind, when you fall short at a slam like here or Wimbledon, what goes through your mind? What is your disappointment.
Q. Some people have been talking about you winning all four slams this year.
Q. Is it disappointing that can't happen now?
Q. Possibility of playing Fed Cup?
Q. You paid credit to Ana today. Do you think she can win here?
So, you know, you have to be able to be ready to play every match. I think she can do extremely well, and I hope she does well.
Q. Do you see Li Na strong favorite versus Pennetta?
Q. What are your plans now?