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Serena Williams offers support to Naomi Osaka after French Open withdrawal

Serena Williams supplied her help to Naomi Osaka on Monday (Might 31) after the Japanese participant’s determination to withdraw from the French Open within the wake of her boycott of press conferences.

In a press release on Monday, Osaka stated she didn’t need her stance to turn into a distraction and stated that she had been coping with psychological well being points since 2018.

Williams, 39, was inevitably requested for her response to Osaka’s determination following her first-round win over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. “Actually I simply came upon earlier than I walked into the press convention, in order that’s the extent of it proper now for me,” Williams informed reporters.

Pushed for her opinion on Osaka’s declare final week that post-match media conferences have been damaging her psychological wellbeing, and Monday’s surprising improvement, Williams stated: “The one factor I really feel is that I really feel for Naomi. I really feel like I want I might give her a hug as a result of I do know what it’s like. Like I stated, I’ve been in these positions. We now have completely different personalities, and individuals are completely different. Not everybody is similar. I’m thick (skinned). Different individuals are skinny. Everyone seems to be completely different and everybody handles issues in another way.

“You simply should let her deal with it the way in which she desires to, in one of the best ways she thinks she will, and that`s the one factor I can say. I feel she`s doing the most effective that she will.”

Williams stated it was essential for gamers to have somebody to make use of as a ‘sounding board’ in powerful occasions. “You have got to have the ability to make an effort and say, I need assistance with A, B, C, and D, and discuss to somebody,” she stated.

“Whether or not it`s somebody on the WTA or whether or not it’s somebody in your life. Possibly it’s somebody that you simply simply discuss to on a weekly foundation. I’ve been in that place, too. I’ve undoubtedly had alternatives to speak to folks, form of get issues off my chest that I can`t essentially discuss to anybody in my household or anybody that I do know.”

Survives scare in first evening match at Roland Garros

Serena Williams survived a scare within the first ever evening session match on the French Open as she edged out Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (6), 6-2 within the first spherical on Monday.

Organisers have launched evening matches underneath the Philippe Chatrier Courtroom lights this yr to supply some late drama for the followers however the match was performed in an empty stadium due to a COVID-19 curfew within the French capital.

The flat environment hardly helped the 39-year-old Williams who squandered a 5-2 lead within the first set in opposition to a tough opponent who battled again to maneuver right into a tiebreaker.

Begu then led 6-Four and Williams received fortunate with a return that clipped the tape, earlier than rattling off 4 factors to win the opener with a drive volley she celebrated with a roar that echoed across the empty stands.

Three-time Roland Garros champion Williams, who has been caught on 23 Grand Slam titles, one behind Margaret Courtroom`s all-time report, was much more assured within the second set and managed to assert the victory with out additional fuss.

Williams has been agonisingly near matching Courtroom’s report since profitable the 2017 Australian Open in her final Grand Slam occasion earlier than turning into a mom. She has fallen in 4 Grand Slam finals and earlier this yr misplaced within the semi-finals on the Australian Open.

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