Serena Williams Gets Australian Open Revenge by defeating Makarova at US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 4 Serena Williams avenged her loss to Ekaterina Makarova at the Australian Open in January by routing the Russian 6-4, 6-0 in the third round of the US Open.

“Definitely was motivated,” said Williams. Knowing that I lost, could definitely happen again. Did not want that to happen.”

Williams lost to Makarova in the fourth round of the most recent Australian Open.

“I really hate watching matches that I lose unless I’m punishing myself.  I didn’t punish myself.”

Williams said that threw away all of her French Open dresses after losing in the first round of Roland Garros.  “If I see a picture of the dress, I just don’t  look at it,” Williams said.

With temperatures in the mid to high 80’s, the heat did not bother Williams. “I’m good in the heat.” Williams said. I prefer the heat, so I’m totally fine in the heat.

Williams reflected on her past year while speaking to media: “It’s been extremely fun. I’ve really appreciated the past few months. Really the past year has been really amazing. Coming back playing ‑‑ starting at Wimbledon, even though I think I lost in the fourth round, but pretty much did really well since then, really consistent, and came from, you know, 170‑something to back being, you know, top 5 and obviously trying to move ahead with that. So it’s been really a great, fabulous time for me.

Williams continued,  “And winning the gold medal has been, I think, amazing. I really wanted to win it in doubles like I always say, but I think deep down I really, really, really wanted it in singles. And then Wimbledon is just crazy. Winning that was ‑‑ winning another Grand Slam after being in the hospital is shocking and cool and amazing. So it’s been really amazing.”

Also moving on into the fourth round was No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, who defeated Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, 6-3, 7-5.

“For sure she’s very consistent player,” Radwanska said of Jankovic. “We played couple of times against each other, and it was always long and tough matches. I was prepared for that. Especially with the hot conditions, you really have to fight more yourself than against the opponent, because today was really hot.