"I'm still working on it and working on getting there".
Serena Williams' wait for a record-tying 24th major title continues after she fell 6-2, 7-5 Saturday to unseeded Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open. She played incredibly clean in that upset win over No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka.
Katerina Siniakova dispatched the top seed Naomi Osaka on Saturday from the French Open.
The world No. 1 saw her bid to become the first female player since her idol Williams in 2015 to claim three straight majors come to an end.
It was a tough day at the office for Serena Williams.
The world's No. 1 singles player took her loss to Siniakova, the world's No. 1 doubles player, in stride.
Kenin was born in Moscow and is fluent in Russian.
Sofia Kenin said after the match that she was still trying to process what had happened.
"You can only play who's on the other side of the net", she said. "For me this is something that I have wanted to do forever, but I think I have to think about it like if it was that easy, everyone would have done it".
The 42nd-ranked Siniakova - No. 1 in doubles - starred in the juniors and for her country in last year's Fed Cup final against the US. Keys hopes to make er seventh career grand slam quarterfinal and the second in the French Open.
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But while Toronto didn't get the job done Sunday, there wasn't a feeling of hopelessness emanating from the Raptor locker room. The Raptors were Kawhi-heavy in Game 2, relegated to depending on their best player because the others were inefficient.
"It was the Czech's first win against a top-three player but she felt Osaka, who admitted to feeling tense due to entering the tournament as world number one, was vulnerable before they stepped on court".
Asked if nerves had played a part in a fairly miserable Paris experience, she said: "Yeah, I would say that, but at the same time I don't want to blame how I played on that".
However, she was not overawed by the occasion yesterday having already appeared on tennis's biggest stage - the Arthur Ashe Court at the US Open in 2017 when she lost to Sharapova.
Asked whether a third-round appearance was satisfactory, given her issues, Williams not surprisingly said it was not.
The 37-year-old Williams, seeded 10th, paid the price for her lack of match practice as she was playing in only her fifth tournament of the year, and her fightback in the middle of the second set was short-lived.
Finally, Amanda Anisimova has a meeting with Aliona Bolsova, who got us a decent underdog victor on Saturday, and I think the American, Anisimova, is a little short at [1.37] to make the quarter-finals.
"So I'm thinking the headache is just my stress". The Czech committed only 13 unforced errors, as she primarily just got the ball back in play for Osaka to spray errors. Another key statistic: Kenin won four of Williams' 10 service games. "You've got to fight for every point against her". "I was like, 'I'm going to check the mark'".
Djokovic, meanwhile, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 over Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso. At 5-all, she got the last break she'd need with a forehand return victor off a 164 kmh serve.
It felt like her victory over Azarenka could spark a glittering run but it wasn't to be. One last error by Williams - a backhand that sailed long - ended things. "It wasn't possible, but I'll take that", Kenin said with a smile. "I'm happy for the win".