Danka Kovinic called Serena Williams “an icon” and admitted she will pressure when she steps onto the court to face the 23-time Grand Slam champion. In the US Open first round, Kovinic will clash Williams for the first time in her career.
Williams is retiring after the US Open and Kovinic has a chance to end the American’s career. Kovinic and Williams will clash on Monday night, in prime time on Arhur Ashe Stadium. “Serena is an icon. If I wasn’t playing her on Monday, I wouldn’t have all this attention.
I’m aware of that. So it’ll be a very nice experience and, at the same moment, maybe a little bit stressful. Of course I will feel pressure. But I will try to turn it into something positive,” Kovinic said, via Sportskeeda.
Kovinic: I was happy after drawing Williams
“I was happy; I won’t lie,” Kovinic said. “It’s a privilege to share the court with Serena, I just really hope that I can show my good game. Maybe my best game.
I was like, ‘OK, that’s Serena and I am Danka, I didn’t feel like I could approach her to ask”. Going into the match, Kovinic says she expects Williams to hit the ball hard and go for her shots. “I know she hits hard,” Kovinic said.
“But I don’t know how different that is from the other girls I play. It’s like: I know what to expect. And at the same time, I don’t know what to expect. It was spectacular. From up above, the court looks so tiny.
I assume it will be a completely different feeling when I step on the ground down there.” When Kovinic meets Williams, she will be aiming to clinch her first victory since the French Open. Kovinic has lost her last five matches and it will be interesting to see if she can end her losing streak against Williams.