Serena Williams was pretty disappointed with her performance in the match lost against Madison Brengle 6-4 6-7 6-4. The American player didn't convert 10 break points out of 12 and made a lot of unforced errors.
'I really think I played - I'm trying to think of a word that's not obscene - but that's how I played', Serena said in press conference. '88 unforced errors is too much, just way too many. It's a lot. I can't expect to win hitting that many errors. I couldn't get used to the wind; my opponent was playing in the same conditions, and maybe the wind was more suited for her game, but it was really annoying me for whatever reason.'
Serena, who was playing in Auckland for the first time in her life, added: 'I felt good [after the second set], but I never got into my rhythm; I never hit any returns in the vicinity in the court. I've never returned like that in my life. It's a little frustrating, especially since I worked so hard in the off-season, but at least the conditions won't be like this in Melbourne.'
'She obviously did a much better job than I did. I really abhorred the conditions. I don't think I've ever hit 88 errors in my career; I could google that and that's probably accurate. So there's no need to look back on such a crappy game!'
Venus Williams was forced to withdraw due to a right arm injury: 'I love this tournament and I'm really sad that I have to withdraw, but I'm happy to have had the opportunity to be here again this year', the 2015 champion said through a statement.