Serena Williams dismisses suggestion of retirement after shock French Open exit
Serena Williams believes a lack of match practice is behind her disappointing showing at the French Open, and she says she’s certainly not thinking about quitting.
The 37-year-old has struggled with injury this year, playing just three tournaments of any real note so far.
Williams fell at Roland Garros 6-2, 7-5 to compatriot Sofia Kenin in round three on Saturday, and was in reflective mood afterwards.
“I’m definitely feeling short on matches and just getting in the swing of things,” Williams told the press.
“I don’t really like playing out points when I practice. I have some time on my hands, so maybe I’ll jump in and get a wild card [at] one of these grass-court events and see what happens.”
Despite her disappointment, Williams was also keen to praise Kenin, with whom he was clearly impressed.
“I think she played really well,” Williams added.
“In that first set in particular, she hit pretty much inches from the line. I haven’t played anyone like that in a long time.”
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