'Looks incredible': Rival 'in shock' after Serena Williams encounter

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Serena Williams speaks to the media at the Australian Open in 2020. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Romanian tennis player Alexandra Cadantu has opened up about her first encounter with Serena Williams, saying she was shocked by the tennis legend’s ‘incredible’ physique.

Cadantu said she first saw Serena in person at the 2012 Australian Open - the Romanian’s first appearance at a grand slam.

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And the 30-year-old says she was “shocked” at how Serena looked in person.

“The first time I went to a grand slam tournament and the first memory I have of going into the locker room was when I saw Serena Williams for the first time in my life,” she told DigiSport.  

“I saw her ... and I was in shock for a week.”

Cadantu said Serena looked ‘incredible’ and praised her athleticism.

“It's incredible how she looks, how she can play and move,” she added.

Plans for US Open still in the works

Just one grand slam shy of Margaret Court’s all-time record, time is running out for Serena to make history.

So news that the US Open looks likely to go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic will be music to her ears.

US Tennis Association chief Stacey Allaster says a decision on whether the US Open takes place in August will be made in the next two to four weeks, but for now plans are going ahead.

Those plans include charter flights to ferry US Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York, and centralised housing for players.

Alexandra Cadantu in action at the Istanbul Cup in 2017. (Photo by Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

All players will also have to test negative to COVID-19 before travelling and will be subjected to daily temperature checks.

There would be no spectators, fewer on-court officials and no locker-room access on practice days.

All are among the scenarios being considered for the 2020 US Open - if it is held at all amid the coronavirus pandemic - and described to The Associated Press by a high-ranking official at the grand slam tournament.

“All of this is still fluid,” Stacey Allaster, the US Tennis Association's chief executive for professional tennis, said in a telephone interview on Saturday.

“We have made no decisions at all.”

with AAP