Post Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the ongoing 2021 French Open, many current and former players have come to showcase their support for the mentally struggling Japanese star.
Earlier, 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams commented on how she wanted to hug Osaka and comfort her during these testing times. Now, Serena’s older sister, Venus too has joined the topic and even opened on to the media on how she would deal with unpleasant questions and probing from the reporters.
Speaking to the media in Paris, the American veteran said, “For me personally, how I cope, how I deal with it, was that I know every single person asking me a question can’t play as well as I can and never will. So no matter what you say, or what you write, you’ll never light a candle to me. That’s how I deal with it. But each person deals with it differently.”
Currently, Venus is out of the singles action at Roland Garros after being downed in the opening round by Ekaterina Alexandrova. The seven-time Grand Slam champion has never won the singles event at Roland Garros.
Venus-Coco latest doubles pair
The 40-year-old who has won multiple doubles titles with her sister Serena, also teamed up with 17-year-old sensation in the doubles action at the French Open.
Unfortunately, the American pair lost to Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai in three sets in the opening round itself. It is also not to be forgotten that Gauff shot to fame after beating Venus in the early rounds of 2019 Wimbledon. Gauff repeated her success over Venus in the 2020 Australian Open as well.
Meanwhile, Gauff is still alive in the singles event and will take on Qiang Wang in the second round today. She is also coming into this event after a successful time on the clay in 2021. Having won the title recently in Parma, the young gun is quite optimistic about her progress in Paris going ahead.