Thrilling that people still want to see me play: Serena

Madrid: Former women`s world No.1 Serena Williams Monday explained why she continues to enjoy playing professional tennis.

Williams spoke to the press following a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win against Elena Vesnina in the first round of the Madrid Open, where she is the number nine seed.

Williams said that she didn`t really enjoy early starts, but added that at least she got good results in early matches.

"I am feeling good, but it`s just the first round. It doesn`t matter who you play, but I hope to keep up my good form and to keep on going. I don`t feel as much pressure these days.

"I am competitive and when I go on court I want to perform my best. I aim to go out and to do things right. If I do that, then I hope that the results will follow," Williams was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Serena said it was thrilling to see the fans still wanting to see her on the court.

"I love walking on court and have people coming to see me play. It is still a thrill and I see it as the ultimate compliment that I have a talent that people come to watch."