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French Open day five quotes

Venus Williams
Venus spent a lot of time at the net on Thursday

"I'm strong and tall and I play aggressive. Either way, I'm going to take control of the points. I like to be in control, but that's normal. You don't want to be out of control in the point. That's not good tennis."
No messing about from Venus Williams after her win over Selima Sfar.

"I won't let this affect my confidence except as a motivational tool."
James Blake looks on the bright side of a second-round defeat by Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis.

"I totally decided to unwind. I never thought I would be defeated. I said, 'Go for it' and then I relaxed."
Jeremy Chardy, conqueror of sixth seed David Nalbandian, on the benefits of a laid-back approach.

"He played alright."
Nalbandian is effusive in his praise for the French wildcard.

"She has a typically Spanish style. It's usually men playing like that, so she has a very long shot, but her balls were not that fast."
A beaten Amelie Mauresmo explains why she failed to get to grips with Carla Suarez Navarro's game.

"It's strange but it is something I have to accept and fight on the court. It's not that important. What is important is to play well against either a left or right-hander."
Rafael Nadal on the burden of being a left-hander.

see also
French Open day three quotes
28 May 08 |  Tennis
French Open day three quotes
27 May 08 |  Tennis
French Open day two quotes
26 May 08 |  Tennis
French Open day one quotes
25 May 08 |  Tennis

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