Venus Williams says to expect more aggression

DAVID LONG
Last updated 21:41 01/01/2014
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VENUS WILLIAMS: The tennis star says she will continue her aggressive approach in Auckland.

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Venus Williams says there's no other way for her to play in Auckland, other than continue to be aggressive.

The former world No 1's 4-6 6-3 6-2 win against Yvonne Meusburger at the ASB Classic in the second round was one strewn with errors from her, some came from attempting tough shots, but other were from returning nothing balls. 

But Williams, who won the match, says she's not in a position where she can play more conservatively and win points over long rallies.

"If I stop being aggressive and start playing her game, that's when I'm really in trouble," Williams said.

"So it's better for me to get it out of my system and they start landing, than for me to push back and not move forward. 

"It's kind of like I'm not myself. You wake up days and you don't feel like you're you, that's what would happen if I tried to change my game."

Having lost the first set, there was little to separate the players in the early stages of the second. At that time, there were some worried faces in the crowd that the player everyone had come to see might not get the win.

"Obviously I was looking for the break," Williams said. 

"At 2-2 I was like, 'wow, I've had some chances but haven't broken yet,' my whole thing was to stay positive and when I missed some shots I shouldn't have I pretended it didn't happen.

"That's the best you can do, especially when you're missing a mile long."

When the match reached the third set, Williams believes this was where she's able to delve into what she's achieved over 19 years on the circuit.

"I have the experience in these third sets and these tough matches so I had that on my side," she said.

"I was determined to be more disciplined and get my feet going more and really make those shots. 

"I was just missing those shots and eventually they are going to start going in. There are only so many you are going to miss. My mindset was that it was going to land."

Williams has been one of the crowd favourites at the ASB Tennis Arena this week and she says this has made her time in New Zealand all the more enjoyable.

"Here I feel like a Kiwi," she said. 

"I feel so good out there. When I win a point they are like, 'yes', and when I lose they're like, 'ohh,' It feels so good. 

"You don't get that everywhere. The places I get that, I feel so grateful and appreciative. I love it."

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