American Serena Williams admitted that in the first round of the US Open tennis championship, she focused only on her game.
Williams beat her compatriot Kristie Ahn in the first round with a score of 7: 5, 6: 3. This victory was the 102nd in the career of the 38-year-old American’s at the US Open. Williams was able to beat the record of another American, Chris Evert (101).
“I was happy with how I fought for every point, no matter how I played. I just needed to get the focus back on “Serena.” I felt pretty good during the match, and I just kept telling myself that I needed to be Serena and win the match. I was able to do it, I’m happy to go further,” Williams was quoted as saying on the tournament’s website.
“Yes, oddly enough, I think that every time I come here, I am told that I have broken another record. I thought I had a record last year, maybe Chris Evert and I had equality,” Williams said.
Williams also shared her emotions when playing at the tournament without fans. “I think the most difficult thing (when playing without fans) is to make sure to stay charged. It’s easy enough for me because I’m always full of enthusiasm. I like to play with passion. That’s what I do best. “I felt like I wanted to focus from the first to the last point,” Reuters quoted Williams as saying. I was focused, but before that, I lost matches literally because of one draw, which can change the course of the match.”