Serena Williams started well her Roland Garros 2020, with a two-set victory over the countrywoman Kristie Ahn. Serena is not the main favorite in this tournament but she will try once again to reach the record of the 24 Slams of the champion Margaret Court.
After the success in the first round of the Parisian Slam, Serena commented on the victory over her opponent in the after-match press-conference.
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Here are the statements of Serena Williams: "I did not start the game in the way I wanted but slowly I gained confidence and managed to overturn the match by playing as I wanted.
I love to play on clay-courts, at the beginning it was hard but then you manage to pick up the pace. My opponent was close to winning the first set but I reacted well and I overturned the game. to win the second set and thus close the match.
Problems with the Achilles heel? I prayed a lot to make these problems disappear, after the US Open I went to the Academy to do my rehabilitation and prepare for the Roland Garros. One of the reasons I'm going through this conference very quickly is because I have to follow the same protocol afterwards and think about this problem of mine.
Now I'm going to do some sort of laser and ice rehabilitation in the affected area. The different rackets? Even if they were different they all have the same tension of the strings, I only changed the rackets at each change of paa, which is something that my coach advised me because the conditions for this Roland Garros are special.
The next match against Pironkova? He is playing at an excellent level but the same applies to me too. I am ready to play against her again, it will be a long match with great exchanges and I will have to play to my maximum to win the victory."
Finally Serena also answered with a smile to a question about the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard with a possible victory at Roland Garros could reach Federer in the ranking of those who have the most Slams.
Here are her words: "I don't want to talk about this topic, I'm a big fan of Rafael Nadal even though Roger Federer is still Federer. I think these words are enough about this topic." In the second round of the Roland Garros 2020, Serena Williams will face Tsvetana Pironkova, while Rafael Nadal will meet MecKenzie McDonald. As we know well Roger Federer will instead come back for the Australian Open 2021.