Serena Williams: 'The highs have been great, but there were lows as well'

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Serena Williams: 'The highs have been great, but there were lows as well'

Serena Williams defeated Magda Linette in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, to reach the US Open second round. In a short post-match press conference, the American player commented on how her performance was. 'I feel pretty good,' she admitted.

'First match of a Grand Slam is always good to get through. Right now I just feel like I'm on the road to getting better. I'm just going to be on that road till I get there. It was a great first round match. Magda, she's such a fighter.

She's a very hard worker. I've seen her at Patrick's academy a few times, so I kind of knew what to expect tonight. It was a little bit of a relief to know what to expect. I think overall I had a little shaky start, but I got into it. 'I think I am getting there.

It's not easy to get to any point in my career. The highs have been great, the lows have been, you know, like your normal lows. That's kind of how it is. You have to get through all those moments to live the next.' On Wednesday, the 36-year-old will face the German Carina Witthoeft.

She is seeking her seventh US Open title after triumphing in 1999 (her first Major title ever), 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014. In Cincinnati, Serena had lost to Petra Kvitova in the second round. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'Someone will replace me and Roger Federer'