Serena Williams just won her second straight Cincinnati title yesterday beating World No. 3 Simona Halep, but all things point toward the US Open where the 33-year-old will try to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1998 to complete the calendar year Grand Slam.
“I’m ready,” she said of the US Open. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to the next event. But I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?”
Of all the Slams, the US Open is right now where she’s been playing her best tennis. She’s won 21 straight matches there and the last three titles at the place she first won in 1999 as a 17-year-old. But she’s not concerned about the pressure of having to do something that hasn’t been done in 27 years.
“I decided I prefer to have that pressure than the pressure of not winning,” Serena said. “Not everyone can handle that pressure, but I’m okay with it. I would rather be to this position than another one.”
Despite all her wins this year, Serena is still on alert for a potential upset.
“You never know,” Serena said of her biggest threats. “Someone might come out and start treeing against me. If I am playing well then hopefully no one will win, but we’ll see.”
Following a shock loss to Simona Halep in Canada, Serena came back to win Cincinnati beating Halep 63, 76 to win her 69th career title.
“I think the win here helps me,” she said. “I also makes me realize the feeling of winning. It’s ridiculous. I like that feeling and want to do the hard work and listening to Patrick and all the stuff that he tells me. So I think it really helps.”
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