Beaten finalist Venus Williams vows to return

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00 05/01/2014
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FIGHT BACK: Venus Williams refused to give up.

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Venus Williams says she wants to come back to Auckland with her sister Serena next year.

The elder of the Williams sisters has loved her time in New Zealand and although she lost in the final to Ana Ivanovic she says it's been a great experience.

She has always appeared to be in a good mood and says she's spoken to Serena, who played in Perth last week, about coming back for 2015.

"We always support each other and we always believe each other 100,000 per cent," Venus said.

"So she was like ‘I wish I was there,' that was her comment."

While it's been a good week for Williams, she was disappointed to lose yesterday and highlighted areas of the game she needs to improve.

"Today was definitely a competitive match, Ana has played so well in this tournament and today for me was all about fighting," she said.

"I don't think I was playing my best, but I fought as hard as I could no matter what the score was and I just ran into a better player.

"My first serve percentage was too low [just 51 per cent, compared to Ivanovic at 67 per cent], If I could have got 5 or 10 per cent more serves in, I feel like that would have made a difference for me in the match.

"But I'll continue to work on my serve and get it more consistent. I was slightly off rhythm, going a little too fast."

It is debatable whether at the age of 33 Williams can ever be the player she once was, but she did show that she's capable of getting back in the top 10.

"These tournaments are important for me. I just haven't played as many matches as everyone else.

"I think as I get a chance to play more I just pray that I'll be healthy throughout the year, I'll be able to convert those points.

"I am controlling a lot of points, but then I don't make the shot. That just comes down to match play.

"Ana played well the whole match and I played well at some points. So I've got to play well the whole match as well."

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