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.
â€œDefinitely was motivated,â€ said Williams. Knowing that I lost, could definitely happen again. Did not want that to happen.â€
Williams lost to Makarova in the fourth round of the most recent Australian Open.
â€œI really hate watching matches that I lose unless Iâ€™m punishing myself.Â I didnâ€™t punish myself.â€
Williams said that threw away all of her French Open dresses after losing in the first round of Roland Garros.Â â€œIf I see a picture of the dress, I just donâ€™tÂ look at it,â€ Williams said.
With temperatures in the mid to high 80â€™s, the heat did not bother Williams. â€œIâ€™m good in the heat.â€ Williams said. I prefer the heat, so Iâ€™m totally fine in the heat.
Williams reflected on her past year while speaking to media: â€œIt’s been extremely fun. I’ve really appreciated the past few months. Really the past year has been really amazing. Coming back playing â€‘â€‘ 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, 170â€‘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,Â â€œAnd 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 â€‘â€‘ winning another Grand Slam after being in the hospital is shocking and cool and amazing. So it’s been really amazing.â€
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.
â€œFor sure she’s very consistent player,â€ Radwanska said of Jankovic. â€œWe 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.