Serena Williams defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets to reach the Rogers Cup quarter-finals. The American will face Naomi Osaka next. Serena spoke about the match up when Osaka's match against Iga Swiatek had not finished yet: "I've been actually looking forward to playing her for a while.
You know, she's had a great year early in the season, and she's still doing pretty good, actually. So it would be really good to play her again." On the transiction from grass to hard, Serena added: "I definitely feel like it takes a while to get back into the rhythm.
Because we've had a long season of just clay and then grass, and now we're on hard courts. So it definitely feels different, especially for me now. Usually I don't feel that huge of a difference, but for whatever reason I do this year.
But, yeah, I'm feeling good. Just hopefully just being able to stay in the rhythm and playing this week and next week would be good." On how she deals with pressure, Serena added: "Yeah, I definitely feel lesser, for sure, but I haven't really thought about it.
It definitely feels nice, though, just to be at a regular event, because I haven't played a lot of regular events this year. And I love supporting the tour and I always want to play, so it's good to be able to actually make it out."
She (Alexandrova) hit really, really hard and she was hitting a lot of winners. So I was just happy that I was able to just fight through that, and I guess that's it. I'm just not really happy how I did it."