Serena Williams admitted that 2019 has been tough for her physically. In a press conference, the American player said: "I have had a tough year since I twisted my ankle in Australia. Like, it's just been really tough after that.
So everything definitely feels a little bit harder than normal, but at the same time, I know that it's going to get better." On her win over Kurumi Nara, Serena added: "I think she was playing tennis the whole time, really good tennis the whole time.
She was just playing really tactical tennis, and I just had to play a little bit better." On her aggressive approach in returning serves, Serena added: "I do want to end it, but I know that's not the best way.
So I have been working on a lot of different things on my return in practice the past, you know, several months. Hopefully, now it's starting to show." On her next opponent Sofia Kenin, the former world No. 1 concluded: "I know her game really well.
She had a really great run in Australia, and I have been watching her. I think it will be a good match. She has a lot to bring to the table. She has a lot of excitement, and, you know, she's a good player. She's so young, and she's such a good player. I'm actually looking forward to that match."