US Open 2018: Serena Williams insists she's 'still on the way up' as she eyes record-equalling 24th title


New York: Serena Williams as soon as once more targets a document 24th Grand Slam singles title on the US Open on Saturday. Win or lose, the US nice says she’s simply getting began within the newest part of her profession.

“I am nonetheless on the best way up,” mentioned the 36-year-old, who’s taking part in her seventh match for the reason that start of daughter Olympia on 1 September, 2017. “There’s nonetheless rather more that I plan on doing.”

Serena Williams defeated Anastasija Sevastova in straight video games to enter the ladies’s singles ultimate. Reuters

Williams got here agonisingly near matching Australian Margaret Courtroom’s all-time document of 24 main titles at Wimbledon, however fell to Angelique Kerber within the ultimate.

It was the excessive level of a return that started in March and has not surprisingly been, at instances, erratic.

However as soon as once more Williams has proven she will rise to the event on the sport’s greatest levels.

One other US Open title — 4 years after her sixth — can be not a end result however a springboard, she mentioned.

“I simply really feel like there’s quite a lot of progress nonetheless to go in my recreation, that is truly probably the most thrilling half,” she mentioned.

“Regardless that I am not a spring hen, I nonetheless have a really, very vibrant future.”

Williams, who has spoken of the emotional roller-coaster of being a brand new mother or father, mentioned adjusting to bodily modifications within the wake of motherhood has additionally been a problem.

“I do not really feel like me,” she mentioned. “My mother mentioned it takes, like, a full 12 months to type of get again. I am at a full 12 months now, however I am additionally laying a sport professionally.

“I simply really feel like I am positively not there. Even my physique is totally different. I truly weigh lower than I did earlier than I received pregnant, however it’s distributed in a different way now.

“I am nonetheless ready to get to be the Serena that I used to be — and I do not know if I am going to ever be that bodily, emotionally, mentally.”

The gamers which have confronted her thus far in Flushing Meadows say the present Serena is hard sufficient — maybe nearly as good as ever.

“It is robust to say,” mentioned Anastasija Sevastova after Williams swept previous her 6-3, 6-Zero within the semi-finals. “She performed finals in Wimbledon. She’s taking part in finals right here. I feel this 12 months is just not dangerous for her.”

Eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who briefly rose to primary final 12 months, fell to Williams within the quarter-finals, two years after surprising her within the semis.

“I do not really feel any distinction,” Pliskova mentioned of Williams’ recreation. “She’s taking part in with the identical energy. She will be able to nonetheless serve properly. I feel perhaps she’s again on the extent the place she was.”

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