FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ While Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters retire, Serena Williams is driven even more to continue playing.
Fourth seed Williams defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-4, coming back from being down a break in the second set.
Williams committed 24 errors and six-double faults in the match, despite the 32 winners.
“I wasn’t really happy with the way I was playing,” Williams said. “I just wasn’t happy out there today in general. I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.”
During a third round match against Williams at the French Open, Martinez Sanchez did not acknowledge being hit on the arm by a ball which would have given a point to Williams.
With the retirements of Clijsters and Roddick, Williams said: “It makes me want to stay more. Losing Kim was so hard. I saw her yesterday. I just hugged her. My eyes got watery. … I didn’t expect that reaction.”
Next up for Williams is the woman who knocked her out of the Australian Open on the round of 16 â€“ No. 42 ranked Russian Ekaterina Makarova, who beat her in the round of 16 at the Australian Open this year.
Williams rolled her ankle yesterday, her sister Venus said.
â€œI was running for a shot and rolled it,â€ said Serena. â€œStory of my ankle life.
â€œBut it was fine.Â I did a lot of ice and Kinesio tape, compression to keep the swelling out.Â I rolled it in Australia, so I was a little nervous, but it’s fine.â€
Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.