Relaxed Venus happy to keep homework to a minimum

By Greg Stutchbury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An almost lackadaisical Venus Williams remained on track for a potential Australian Open semi-final showdown with younger sister Serena Thursday, though it is doubtful she even knows.

The seven-times grand slam winner, who beat Austria's Sybill Bammer 6-2 7-5 on Hisense Arena, said after the match she rarely does any homework on her future opponents and does not even devise any specific tactics to negate their strengths.

As a matter of fact, she spends very little time thinking about tennis once she leaves the court.

"For the most part, my approach is really to try to execute my game," Williams told reporters Thursday.

"Obviously it's important to know how your opponent plays," she suggested rather oxymoronically. "I haven't given it any thought yet. My plan is just to focus on my game."

A perplexed media pack followed up the statement, which the world number six then clarified that she really only figured out how her opponent was playing shortly before the game.

"In the five minute warm up you figure out what they're doing. You gotta figure it out quick and be smart about it."

Williams, who next plays either Croatia Karolina Sprem or local favorite Casey Dellacqua in the third round, then also said she was not overly concerned about how she was playing.

"I don't necessarily put a lot of importance on if I played well one day or not. It's really about obviously winning the match and then improving for the next day.

"So if I have a good day or not as good a day, I just put that behind me and get ready for the next match.

"So I'm not into, 'oh, well, I'm in form so I'll do well'; or 'I'm not in form, oh, my God.'"

The tall American, who completed a degree in fashion design while on the tour and has established a clothing label and interior design business, also said she had no problem switching off from tennis totally after a match.

"I'm a really relaxed person, so I have no problem when I'm done with my match for my mind to be off of tennis," she said.

"I don't really focus on the next match and have nerves beforehand. That's just a personality thing."

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by John O'Brien)