Playing in her first singles match since announcing that she’s suffering with the auto-immune disorder Sjogren’s Syndrome, 31-year-old Venus Williams destroyed 41-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-0, 6-3 on Wednesday in the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne. Williams who has won 43 titles in her WTA career spoke to media about how she feels about coming back. Here are a few excerpts from her post match news conference:
It was great to be back out there. You know, it was definitely nerve‑wracking, especially playing an opponent that I know how talented she is and first match back.
But, you know, I was able to get a great start and settle in and play well against, you know, a really difficult opponent.
I definitely wanted to come out focused, so that was definitely an ideal, ideal start. I’m glad it happened that way.
I mean, just to be in this tournament is a huge win for me; just to be here is a win. You know, that’s what I told myself going ...