“I think, you know, I think she’s not quite at the level she was when she was at her best, but that’s normal. That’s expected. But her level when she’s not quite on her best is still bloody good.
“And, yeah, I think when push came to shove, the real Serena came out. And that’s one of her best assets is when her back is against the wall, the best comes out. And that happened early in the second, and early in the third again.”
Ashleigh Barty on Serena Williams.
“First and foremost, you have to get your core back, which is hard, because it literally spreads when you have a baby. That’s difficult. And just coming back from the physical of having a baby, at my age (smiling) is never, I think, really easy.
“Emotionally I think it’s different, because, you know, I’m so emotionally attached to my daughter. Dads are, too, but I actually breastfed for a really, really, really long time, and so I just had this real connection with my daughter.
“Yeah, so I think there are definitely some differences, but there is a lot of similarities, as well, too.”
Serena Williams, on the difference between being a mother on the tennis tour compared to a father on the tennis tour.
“My priority is Olympia. No matter what, that’s my priority. I have given tennis so much, and tennis has actually given me a lot, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
“She’s my priority, and I work everything around her. I really try to put her first in my life, along with, God and my family. I really try to put that first in my life. I feel like everything else will fall into place, and it has. I feel like it’s all going to work out.”
Serena Williams, on how motherhood may impact her scheduling going forward.