With so much history on the line this month, the nerves are slowly getting to Serena Williams as she chases the Calendar year Grand Slam.
Serena had to work hard Wednesday in the heat at the US Open, beating Kiki Bertens 76, 63 overcoming a 4-0 tiebreak deficit to the Dutchwoman.
Serena who served 10 double faults requiring extra practice after the win, admitted she was playing tight.
“I just got a little nervous today,” Serena said. ‘But, you know, I’ve been doing totally fine. I’ve been completely relaxed, chill. I’ve been really, really fine. So I’m going to get back into the place that I was and I’ll be fine again.”
Serena will play American Bethanie Mattek-Sands Friday in the third round.
“I love her personality,” Serena said of her colorful next opponent. “It really shows in her dresses and the clothes and the outfits. I love her spirit. She’s had a lot of ups and downs throughout her whole career. She’s just incredibly positive, you know. It’s so inspiring for someone like me. So I love that about her. And she has a really aggressive game. You know, I just don’t think there’s anyone on tour that says, I don’t like Bethanie Mattek. I don’t think that exists.”
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