I had some momentum where I was executing perfectly and things seemed easy.
"I don't think of myself as anything bigger than what I did in my career", Sampras said in 2012. Janko Tipsarevic also says the present world number one in Men's Singles will go and break all records. On the other hand, I started the season very well.
"The crowd was behind me to get to match point", Williams said.
World No 1 Osaka beat Mladenovic 6-3 6-4, the win under the stadium court lights sweet revenge for the reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion after she lost to the same opponent in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships first round last month.
The 17th-seed had the match on her racket serving with a 5-4 lead in the third set but lost three straight games, including her final service game at love, to allow the unseeded Barthel to advance.
"Suddenly, she just started to play better, I started to play worse, and that's why that happen to the third set, which I didn't break up, but I don't know".
Mladenovic booked the rematch with a 7-5, 6-2 first-round victory over Zheng Saisai on Thursday.
The match was soon declared over and Williams walked off the court.
At the age of 37, Roger Federer is still competing at the highest level and Janko Tipsarevic says Novak Djokovic, who is now 31, can replicate Roger Federer's retirement plans and continue playing for more than five more years at the top level.
Kvitova fired 10 aces, but also had 10 double faults and while the Czech fired 38 winners to Williams's 15, her 56 unforced errors were more than double the American's 25. "I kept playing really great players in every round and I was just like, I'm here for a good time, you know", she said. I think his serve really picked up. It was just her eighth match of the year.
The Chinese player nearly took the first set in a tight tenth game, holding two set points on the former world No. 10's serve.
Angelique Kerber kicked off her campaign with a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 victory over Yulia Putintseva.
Elsewhere on Saturday, fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova shook off a slow start to defeat Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1.
"But then I kept winning, I was like, 'Whoa, maybe I can actually win this tournament, and I did".