Fatigue would possibly be the biggest enemy for Serena Williams, as she aims to win the Western & Southern Open tournament for women in Mason.
The American star continued her current renaissance by beating Lucie Hradecka with 6-3, 7-6 (5) on Center Court Tuesday afternoon.
Williams, who missed almost a year of competition because of two foot surgeries and blood clots in her lungs, currently finds herself playing extensively. She has won her previous two tournaments and unexpectedly may have to conserve energy as the summer hard court season heats up.
Williams said, when asked if she may be overplaying, “I’m going to have to figure that out. Nothing against Cincinnati or Toronto or the Stanfords that I’ve played, but everyone is preparing for the U.S. Open. I have to be smart and make sure it’s not too much.”
The U.S. Open will start August 29. This would be the final Grand Slam tournament of the year.
A 13-time Grand Slam tournament singles winner, Serena Williams was relatively restrained in her post match press conference. She did flash several reports, when informed that a fan had said she came out so fit that her legs appeared skinny.
Williams said, “I definitely think it’s the most fit I’ve been in general. I’ve never used skinny and me in the same sentence. Maybe me and thick or me and like, curvy or sexy, but not necessarily skinny.”
Williams took a 3-0 lead just seven minutes into the competition. She rolled to a 5-1 advantage in the second set however lost her means and fell after 6-5.
Williams was exhausted at some stages in the competition. A ballboy tossed a ball to her for her next service and Williams slammed the ball off the wall.
Williams regrouped to win on a tiebreaker, as Hradecka double-faulted on the ending point.
Williams said, “I was definitely up and didn’t close it out. She started playing different and better, and running a lot.”
She said, “I’d rather have that than fresh legs from not winning. It’s just that I got in real late yesterday and had to play early today. Hopefully, I’ll be better tomorrow.”
Williams then will encounter No. 10 Samantha Stosur for the second time this week. Williams beat Stosur in the Rogers Cup final in Toronto on Sunday.
Williams has improved her standing to No. 31 after falling to No. 175 following a Wimbledon failure last July.
Williams has a 12-match winning streak that is tied for the greatest on the WTA journey this year.