Serena Williams still sees the positive side after losing to her sister Venus in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, in the third round in Indian Wells. 'It was definitely, for me, it was a good match.
You know, it wasn't very easy, obviously. It was good to play that and try to get into the rhythm and get into the swing again,' said Serena. She also added, ' I mean, just missing shots that I never miss, and so close.
At least they're in the margin. I'm getting there. It's not exactly where I want to be, but, I mean, I'll get there eventually.' About the difference in getting her shots right in the practice sessions and in the matches, she noted, 'I think it just matches.
You're out there, and I can't really replicate the situation no matter how much I do in practice, or I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice. It's just the nerves, the anticipation you feel naturally. You know, it's a little bit of everything that comes in a match that just doesn't normally happen.' On planning her season hereafter, she mentioned, 'I think I am going tournament by tournament.
I'm definitely not thinking too far in the future. Ready for the next tournament. I'll get ready for that. I have a lot to improve on. You know, it's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost.
My room for improvement is incredible. So I have just got to keep saying each tournament my goal is just to be better than the last, and I don't – definitely don't want to go backwards. I just want to continue to go forward.
I think as long as I can do that, I will keep getting better. I learn everything I need to work on and the improvements I'm going to make going into Miami. So I know that there is a plethora of things that I want to improve on, but I'm going to start with the first few and rank them as – maybe I will write them all down and rank, see which ones are the most important and start with that.' In her post-match press conference, Venus Williams instead stressed it wasn't an easy match despite the straight-sets' score.
'Obviously, Serena is playing very well, so the biggest challenge is really her tennis,' the 37-year-old recognized. 'Her level is super high and it was very difficult to close out the match, just getting one ball back.
Like I said, I have had a few more matches. Even though I haven't even played that much this year, the matches in the last year count.' On her game and the improvements she has made in the last year, she said, 'I think my forehand is bigger than ever.
Still fast. Still just trying to – honestly, it's always about improvement. And in tennis you can have a bad day, too. You never know when it's not going to work, too.' ALSO READ: Eugenie Bouchard losing sponsors due to bad results .