During a news conference ahead of a tournament at Wimbledon Sunday, Williams said it was frustrating to be targeted more than other players.
Though she is still a lowly 183rd in the rankings having only played three tournaments, including the French Open, since her return, Williams was seeded 25th for Wimbledon. “I’ve been tested quite a bit, quite frequently out of competition”. I don’t go out there expecting to do well, see what happens. “Sorry to go on about that, but I wanted to say that so women out there know that’s not true [losing weight while breast-feeding]”.
“I do know I’m always tested, I’m always getting tested, all the time”. “For my body, it didn’t work, no matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me”. My serve is a little playing catch-up, but it’s doing better than I could have hoped, to be honest.
Having struggled to establish a rhythm against her Swedish opponent in the opening set, the ninth-seeded Williams won 10 games in a row from 1-2 in the second to take control.
Serena’s fellow tennis-playing mother, Victoria Azarenka, a former world number one and two-time semi-finalist, defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russian Federation 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. “March became April. I was still breast-feeding”, Williams said Sunday. He eventually departed without a sample.
The incident was made public after WTA chief Steve Simon was overheard leaving a message on Williams’ answerphone at an airport.
“I’m going to be totally frank”.
“I was really down about that, to be honest”.
“I think coming up, the US Open, very special moment for an American to win a US Open. Why not? After everything she’s done, it would have been the ideal excuse and exit to say, ‘I’ve had it”, said Federer, the father of two sets of twins. We in it. We in it together.
USADA spokesman Brad Horn offered a potential mitigating factor to the seemingly high number of tests, telling the Associated Press that the five tests came from three visits to Williams by the agency’s collectors.
“It’s unfortunate that an athlete’s right to confidentiality and privacy was leaked by a third party”, Horn told Reuters.
There was something old, something new and something blue on show on Monday as Serena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir in Paris for a more conservative look on her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mum.
“I sat on player council for 12 plus years”. “Still, I’m debating if I should go 120 or whatever”. That’s all I care about. “I was really, really, really down”, Williams said about the injury.
Yes, Williams said, explaining that she needed to keep compression on her legs as a precaution, alluding to the life-threatening blood clots she developed after giving birth September 1. Serena has won the event the last two times she played it in 2015-16. If that’s testing everyone five times, let’s do it. Let’s be a part of it. She’s not opposed to drug testing, but said: “Just test everyone equally”. She’s not making the same mistake here at Wimbledon, skipping doubles in pursuit of her eighth singles championship and 24th major overall.
“I think it varies from place to place that you spend your time in. I have them too”. Something that I would normally be okay with, normally have, ‘Oh, this is this.’ It’s just getting all back to the hang of things, getting used to different circumstances.
“I don’t believe there’s ever going to be enough testing”, he added.
“I understand the frustration”.