Venus” williams> defeated Kiki Bertens in the third set tie-break in Cincinnati to reach the third round. The American player admitted there were tough weather conditions. “I’m playing at home and we know she’s playing great tennis, so that was cool”, said Venus.
“It was just a second round, though. For me, it’s just round by round. I have a third round to play. To be honest, every player I play plays amazing. She was no less than that. Obviously she has more experience and probably more composure under fire, and we could see that in the third when she held serve and broke.
But, yeah, I’m ready for the next round. It was pretty hot. You just have to keep focused on hopefully keeping your feet going. I’m not sure how she felt about the heat, but, you know, I think we were playing at probably the toughest slot during the day.
We had to be super heroes out there.” Asked if everything is okay on the WTA Council unlike the ATP Council where there have been some changes, Venus replied: “I’m on the player council, I run two businesses, I play professional tennis.
I do not know what’s going on in the ATP. I just don’t have the bandwidth. So wishing them luck (smiling). I’m up for election, so we’ll see what happens. Hopefully the ladies will vote for me again.” What’s her campaign platform? “That’s a good question.
I mean, I haven’t come up with one yet. I don’t think it’s like high school, you know, like, better school lunch or something, or lobster in the players lounge. I think the ladies probably have some sort of respect for me, and I have a ton of respect for each and every player here.
I think that’s kind of the grounds that it goes on. If they respect you, they vote for you, if they believe in you. Every woman has their strong sense of, like, what they want. So if they don’t want you there, you can’t convince them that you should be.”