Ashleigh Barty commented on Sofia Kenin defeating Serena Williams in a straight-set French Open third round match on Saturday. Barty will just meet Kenin next. "Sonia is an incredible competitor", said Barty. "She really is.
I got a little bit of a taste of that at Fed Cup earlier this year. And she certainly respects every opponent but doesn't play their reputation. She plays them just on the other side of the net, and that's one of her best attributes.
So I think it's going to be an extremely tough match come Monday. And regardless who's on that other side of the net, as I've been saying over the past few months, it's about me trying to prepare and doing the best I can and trying to execute as best I can on the day."
On what it means not to face Serena, Kenin added: "I think you can only play who's on the other side of the net. There's so much talk around the draws when they come out, and so much changes every single day.
So I think you have to take absolutely nothing away from Sofia. She's played an incredible match, obviously, to beat a world-class champion. And the challenge will be just as great coming from her as it would have been if it was Serena."
On her straight-set win over Andrea Petkovic, Barty concluded: "Yeah, I think it was better. It took a little while to get used to the conditions, a little bit with the light, the spin of the court. Obviously, the weather here can change how the courts played dramatically. So I think it took some time to adjust. But once I got my feet used to the court, it was much better today."