In a press conference at the French Open Serena Williams commented on the conversation she had with the young player Amanda Anisimova in this year's Miami Open after the American's loss. "She's a good girl, and I really take to all the young girls out there that are doing well.
I was heartbroken when she walked into that locker room, and I wanted to be there for her because I have been there. And it's an interesting position because it's just like no one ever says anything, even though I feel like a lot of people want to.
I just decided I'm not gonna do that anymore. I've always wanted to. I'm just gonna go for it now and do what my emotions want me to do and not do the "professional thing," because maybe that's not professional.
I just got to do what I feel and act how I feel." "I always wanted to do that. It's just always been in me. But I didn't know if it was the right thing to do. I do it to my friends, like, all the time. But like I said, I just needed -- I just needed to do that, and I know she's super young.
As I said, I really love all the new young players. Like, it's just so exciting. I feel like tennis has done so much for me, and to see a new generation come through is great. So I was really, like -- I was, like, I gotta, like, I can't sit here, I can't sit here, I can't, I can't, I gotta make a move. I wanted to."