PARIS — Other than gutting out a gooey 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at Roland Garros, and other than feeling certain her opponent cheated, and other than having her opponent regard the issue as "stupid," and other than a rather frightening shortness of breath in the third set plus a coughing spell that made her think she "was going to cough up a lung or something," Serena Williams had a pristine day on Saturday.
"I'm like one of those girls on a reality show that has all the drama, and everyone in the house hates them because no matter what they do, like, drama follows them," Williams said. "I don't want to be that girl."
As she spoke, she had withstood three-set tennis drama for the second time in three matches at this French Open, slowly outclassing 43rd-ranked Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, and she had just spoken out about a disputed point in the fifth game of the first set.
The instance resembled the one at the Beijing Olympics involving James Blake and Fernando Gonzalez, in that one player saw the ball hit the other, with TV replays appearing to confirm the accusation.