Serena Williams hails Tiger Woods’ influence as she continues her US Open run
Serena Williams is still in the hunt for a fourth Grand Slam title.
The American, who will complete her career-best Grand Slam run with a quarter-final showing at the US Open on Sunday, has not lost a set in six sets since losing an opening-set tiebreak in the first round of the 2014 Australian Open.
And as she heads into the biggest fortnight of her career, she is looking ahead to the US Open final, and what it will mean to Williams’ career.
“I think it’s going to be just as big as the Australian Open final,” said Williams. “We’ve played really good matches and I’m obviously going to be playing well.
Serena Williams is out to achieve her dream, to become the first woman to win all four Grand Slam titles. Pic: AFP
“And that’s going to be huge on my resume to show how special my experience with the US Open has been. I can’t wait for it.”
Williams first tasted the big stage in this event during qualifying in 2014, where she was ousted by Angelique Kerber despite taking the first set to love. This year, the 23-year-old will be hoping to repeat.
“I can’t wait to play in the final, I’ve been so close to this one a couple times and the dream’s been there for a long time,” she added.
“And to be honest, I’m still not even sure of what the final’s going to be, just playing hard in every match. If I can play well enough to beat Kerber I’ll be satisfied, to be honest I think it’s going to be just a great final.”
While Williams has never beaten Kerber in a Grand Slam event, her sister Venus went one better, claiming all four majors from 2003 to 2008.
“I’ve been very close to the final a