Serena Williams is back to her winning ways. The 34-year-old ended a 9-month title drought taking her fourth Rome title yesterday defeating Madison Keys in Rome.
It was Serena’s first clay event of the season and she didn’t drop a set en route to the win.
“I think my patience was really great,” Serena said. ‘I wasn’t stressed out. I wasn’t rushing too much. Basically more than anything I was able to do what I practiced, and I think that’s what really helped me out.”
Serena will now try to defend her French Open title for a first time and give her title defenses at all four Grand Slams.
“I have tried to defend there once, twice, three times before,” Serena said. “Didn’t quite work so well. But this year is different. I’m going to definitely go in there and I feel more calm and I don’t feel stress to, like, have to win. You know, I feel like I just am happy to be out here.
“I’m feeling pretty fit. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to it.”
A victory in Paris would equal Serena with Steffi Graf at 22 on the Open Era Grand Slam leaderboard.
Serena has won the French Open two of the last three years. But during her 2015 title run she needed five 3-set wins and was down a set three times.
“I don’t even know the words for it,’ she said of her comebacks. “I mean, courage is beyond anything I could describe.
“It was just honestly probably just a miracle.”
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