Although she is far from pleased with her third round exit at the Wimbledon Championships on Saturday afternoon, world No. 1 Serena Williams understands that she is a prime target for aspiring competitors on the tour.
The American No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon Champion lost her second straight match to France’s No. 1 Alize Cornet on Saturday afternoon. After cruising through the opening set 6-1, Williams went flat and allowed Cornet to mix up her game and get the better of her to offer up her own 6-4 set to force a decider. While Cornet was not given the easiest of tasks, she ultimately held serve and broke Williams to the delight (and shock) of the crowd in attendance.
For Williams, she believes she is always in a tough position in Grand Slam tournaments, as she sees herself as the competitor with a bullseye on her back. Where players may be solid to a certain extent, she says they always bring their A-game against her, which does not always work in her favour.
“If I’m not playing a great, great match, these girls, when they play me, they play as if they’re on the ATP Tour, and then they play other girls completely different,” Williams said. “It’s never easy being in my shoes.”
“So I just have to always, every time I step on the court, be a hundred times better. If I’m not, then I’m in trouble.”
Cornet, on the other hand, visualized her earlier victory over Williams in Dubai when she attempted to serve out the match. While she would not have seen herself in this position a couple of years ago, she believes the hard court win over the world No. 1 gave her the necessary self-belief to throw her best at Williams.
“If somebody would have told me a couple years ago that I would be in second week here in Wimbledon, beating Serena, I wouldn’t have believed it. Even this morning I watched some images from this match in Dubai because this match was one of the best match of my season,” Cornet said. “I was playing very, very good tactically and I really tried to take all these things out of this match to help me today.”
Cornet will play Eugenie Bouchard in the round of 16. Bouchard defeated Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-4.