Serena says dealing with media scrutiny made her stronger

Serena Williams says she can identify with anxiety regarding news conference scrutiny, and has experienced it frequently after matches. But she says they made her stronger. Williams’ comments came in a post-match news conference after her first-round victory Monday at the French Open. She spoke hours after Naomi Osaka withdrew from the tournament, saying in a statement that she has dealt with long bouts of depression since winning a tumultuous final against Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open. Williams says she feels for Osaka, and believes the four-time Grand Slam champion is “doing the best she can.”