While the Australian and U.S. Opens take a laissez-faire attitude to what players wear, Wimbledon has a very strict dress code and the French Open will be ramping up their restrictions after Williams wore a black spandex catsuit past year. "Genie has been to the finals of Wimbledon and the semifinals of other Grand Slams, so I said, 'You've got to come out hot, come out firing'".
Williams responded with a lift in intensity, going on a five-game winning streak to settle the match.
While world No. 1 Simona Halep spends her postmatch news conferences discussing the difficulty of recovering from two-hour-plus, three-set matches (she's played two so far), Williams spends very little of hers discussing tennis at all, perhaps because so far, she's played very little tennis.
"So she's ready. She's ready to compete and when Serena's ready to compete, she's ready to win".
On Saturday, the 37-year-old Williams will face Dayana Yastremska, an 18-year-old from Ukraine who is ranked 59th and eliminated No. 23 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to get to the third round of a major for the first time.
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"I didn't really expect to be asked that because I just finished my match", said the sixth-seeded Ukrainian.
On the women's side, all eyes will be on Serena Williams as she aims for Grand Slam number 24.
"I think that no player will be able to beat my record of 64 Grand Slam titles in total", she said. But I will be confident because I played against her, I know how she plays.
"She has to be the favorite to win this tournament", Bouchard said. So we will see how I will play, how I'm going to be on court.
She said the pair crossed paths in the locker room this week. "I'm just like literally everyone else".
Moments of brilliance flickered in what was an otherwise scrappy contest, with Bouchard keen to tee off on any ball she met with her feet set, and Williams looking to paint the lines in reply.