Serena Williams lost to Sofia Kenin in straight sets, 6-2 7-5, in the French Open third round. In a press conference the former world No. 1 gave credit to her opponent. "I think she played really well. I feel like she, in that first set in particular, she hit pretty much inches from the line, and I haven't played anyone like that in a long time.
So, like, yeah, she actually played really well. I wouldn't expect to have gotten only to the third round, so I would have been, like, That's not true. Hey, it is what it is. She was playing unbelievable", said Serena, who also spoke about her attempt to get to her optimal condition: "I'm just pretty far away, but that's the optimistic part is I haven't been able to be on the court as much as I would have.
That's okay. At least I can start trying to put the time in now." Earlier in the week Serena had said she thought about skipping French Open everyday. She does not regret her decision to compete in Paris: "I am glad I came.
You know, I love the city, and I love the tournament. I really wanted to be here. So I'm glad I came, at the end of the day. It's just been a really grueling season for me." On the support she got from the crowd, Serena concluded: "It felt good.
I felt like there was a lot of people out there rooting for her, though. So I feel like it was -- I think there was a ton of people rooting for both of us. I don't feel like it was completely one-sided. It always feels really good to have crowd support. Or not, you know. I'm used to both (smiling)."