Venus Williams followed her sister Serena out the exit door of the French Open after Agnieszka Radwanska defeated the American 6-2 6-3.
It was the Americans first Grandslam match back since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome (an auto-immune condition) last year.
It was easy for third seed Radwanska who took the first set 6-2 with ease before racing to a 5-1 lead in the second set before Williams posed a challenge winning the next two games but Radwanska was never in real trouble and she closed out the set and game 6-3.
Speaking post match Williams said “I felt like I played. That pretty much sums it up. This tournament for me was all about getting to the Olympics. If that happens for me, I think the chances are good, then I come out a victor. She [Radwanska] played really well. It’s important to put the ball in the court. She chased down a lot of shots. That’s what you have to do on this surface. Unfortunately I wasn’t at my best today.”
“I’m still playing professional sport, so I have to be very positive.”And I’m going to have ups and downs. I haven’t gotten to the ‘Why me?’ stage yet. I hope I never get there. I’m not allowed to feel sorry for myself.” said the thirty one year old on her health condition.
“The ultimate dream for me would be to be able to play both [singles and doubles at the Olympics]. I have to see and see what I’m selected for. Maybe doubles and mixed doubles is better for me. Any medal in any event, even if it was the javelin, that’s a medal.” the American said of her Olympic dream.
Radwanska will face Svetlana Kuznetsova in the next round.