NEW YORK, September 11
Serena Williams may have simply two weeks to shake off the frustration of a semifinal loss within the US Open and resume her pursuit of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title on the claycourts on the French Open.
The American nice has remained one title behind Margaret Court’s all-time file since bagging her 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy on the Australian Open in January 2017.
Williams has misplaced 4 Grand Slam finals since returning to the circuit in 2018 following the start of her daughter and as soon as once more fell quick yesterday when she bowed out to Victoria Azarenka with a 1-6 6-Three 6-Three defeat.
“I don’t know. I mean, it’s obviously disappointing,” Williams mentioned, earlier than confirming that she would take part within the French Open.
Many pundits have mentioned she could be working out of time to win a Grand Slam once more. It is certainly not getting any simpler for Williams, who will flip 39 a day earlier than the principle draw kicks off in Paris on her least rewarding floor the place the American gained her third and final title in 2015.
Asked how the string of losses deep within the tournaments have an effect on her morale as she strives to turn into essentially the most profitable girls’s participant, Williams mentioned: “I don’t know. I just … I don’t know. I haven’t thought about that actually.”
Williams had began strongly towards Azarenka.
“Then she just kept fighting. She just changed and started playing better and better. Maybe I took a little too much off the gas pedal at some point,” Williams rued, saying her opponent simply stored bettering via the match.
“I made a lot more errors. I didn’t win a lot on my second serves. I served well, but I didn’t dominate the way I needed to in that,” she added. — Reuters