Serena Williams advances, Caroline Wozniacki knocked out of Wimbledon

Dean Simpson
July 9, 2018

Williams, who has 23 Grand Slam titles, reached the last 16 in Paris in her first Grand Slam tournament since the 2017 Australian, where she won while in the early weeks of pregnancy.

"At first, it did (suck)", Williams said. I don't go out there expecting to do well, see what happens. "The cumulative effect of playing four or five matches will make her better but more exhausted".

For the better part of the past year she's been failing to offer her best comments to the great frustration of the media, who are well aware she's a person with many opinions.

She said: "This year I tried to not put that much pressure because last year I think I put too much". The always stoic Williams, who was found to be at no fault in causing the crash, walked away from that news conference in tears.

In response to Keys saying it must suck to be Williams because of how challenging it must be, Williams provided perspective. She replied, "Yeah, you know, I have other stuff I need to do, like get ready for the next match (laughter). Just really proud to be here and play at a tournament that can recognise that". "It's wonderful to hopefully have that continue, to have equal for the men and the women". "I think that would probably be one of the biggest changes".

In the words of tennis player, she failed to lose weight, even sitting on a diet and intense exercising.

In terms of her tennis, Williams has displayed perseverance on court as she was stretched to three sets in both of her matches.

Williams grew increasingly brutal in dispatching the Tomova serve in the fifth game of the contest and was equally dismissive of an attempted lob from her opponent, an emphatic smash bringing about the double break, before Tomova thudded a forehand into the net to concede the set. From there, her serve and forehand steadied and she won 12 of the last 13 games.

Asked about her improved performance from the second set and whether it confirmed her form as she seeks a second consecutive final and sixth title, she said: "It's just about winning a match, whether it's your best (tennis) or not doesn't matter". "It's just about winning the match".

Next up is 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens of Netherlands. Venus next faces Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens, who beat Russian world number 107 Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-0.

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