Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stoic Serena Strikes Back at Her 'Haters'; Williams and Roddick Keep the American Dream Alive

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stoic Serena Strikes Back at Her 'Haters'; Williams and Roddick Keep the American Dream Alive

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

SERENA WILLIAMS attacked the "haters" who enjoy her failures after she dragged herself back from the brink of defeat at the Australian Open in Melbourne this morning.

The unseeded American, who overcame Israel's 16th seed Shahar Peer 3-6, 6-2, 8-6, now faces a semi-final encounter with 10th seed Nicole Vaidisova, a player who was just 11-years-old when she first met the former champion.

Williams had travelled to train at the Nick Bollettieri Academy where Vaidisova, now 17, had been sent to learn the game from her native Czech Republic.

Williams took the opportunity to attack her critics after this morning's impressive victory.

She said: "To be honest the negativity is just from haters. I guess it's a big story to write negative things about me as opposed to positive things.

"Or when you're down, people sometimes try to kick you. It's like people get pleasure out of talking bad. Does it make them feel good when it makes me feel bad? …

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