Serena Williams Feels For Naomi Osaka However Says Media Scrutiny Made Her Stronger

Serena Williams says she will establish with anxiousness relating to information convention scrutiny, and has skilled it incessantly after matches.

“A lot of them I’ve been into the place I’ve been ― very tough to stroll in in these moments,” she mentioned. “However , it made me stronger.”

Williams made her feedback in a post-match information convention following her first-round victory Monday on the French Open. She spoke hours after four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the event, saying in a press release that she has handled lengthy bouts of despair since successful a tumultuous closing in opposition to Williams within the 2018 U.S. Open.

Final week Osaka mentioned she wouldn’t take part in the usual post-match information conferences throughout Roland Garros, citing her determination as a psychological well being matter as a result of media questions can create self-doubt.

“I really feel for Naomi,” Williams mentioned. “Not everybody is identical. I’m thick. Different persons are skinny. Everyone seems to be totally different and everybody handles issues in another way.

“You simply must let her deal with it the way in which she needs to and one of the best ways she thinks she will. That’s the one factor I can say: I feel she is doing the perfect she will.”

Few athletes have been underneath the media highlight like Williams, 39, who’s chasing a record-tying twenty fourth Grand Slam singles title. When the glare turns into too intense, she mentioned, it’s vital to achieve out for assist.

“You actually must step ahead and make an effort, simply as in something, and say, ‘I need assistance with A, B, C and D,’ and speak to somebody. I feel that’s so vital to have a sounding board, whether or not it’s somebody on the WTA, or somebody in your life, or possibly it’s somebody you speak to on a weekly foundation.

“I’ve been in that place too, and I’ve undoubtedly had alternatives to speak to individuals and simply get issues off my chest that I can’t essentially speak about to anybody in my household or anybody I do know.”

There have been moments of tension for Williams even in a first-round victory that will probably be shortly forgotten. She took a spill on the clay and saved two set factors earlier than eliminating Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (6), 6-2 underneath the lights throughout the first scheduled night time session in event historical past.

Williams struggled along with her serve however performed aggressively, comparable to when she raced ahead going through a set level to hit a dangerous swinging volley for a winner.

“I didn’t wish to lose that first set,” she mentioned.

Williams improved to 77-1 in first-round Slam matches. The loss got here in Paris in 2012.

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