Serena Says No to Retirement any time soon, moves into Third Round of US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – 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 – 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.

“I was running for a shot and rolled it,” said Serena. “Story of my ankle life.

“But it was fine.  I did a lot of ice and Kinesio tape, compression to keep the swelling out.  I rolled it in Australia, so I was a little nervous, but it’s fine.”

Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.