Serena Williams said that she was feeling comfortable and striving to find the right steadiness to avoid dips inattentiveness as the 23-time Grand Slam winner continued her form at the Australian Open.
Serena remains her unbeaten run since emerging from 14-day quarantine with a 6-3, 6-0 second-round thrashing of Nina Stojanovic in 69 minutes.
She said in her statement that,
“I wasn’t thinking as much in the second, as I was in the first,” said the American, who hit 27 winners.
“I just think when I’m not thinking it’s more or less like I’m just totally relaxed.
“Even with my serve, I overthink it. But when I don’t think about it… it goes in.”
Williams, though, was conscious about not letting her focus wander.
“It’s a balance because sometimes that’s a… time to slack off and to lose focus,” she said.
“So, it’s really about finding that key balance there for me.”
The seven-time Australian Open champion has been fighting shoulder and Achilles complaints but shown no ill-effects on the court and appeared at ease amid the hot conditions on Rod Laver Arena, with temperatures reaching 31 Celsius (87.8 Fahrenheit).
Williams wore her multi-colored, one-legged catsuit — a flamboyant outfit inspired by late sprint queen Florence Griffith Joyner, popularly known as ‘Flo-Jo’.
“This is one of my favorites, definitely top three for me,” she said. “I just kept pushing the design team at Nike and then they pushed themselves and they came up with something really fabulous.”