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Serena Williams says she has nothing to prove: ‘Everything for me is extra’

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(Darron Cummings/AP)

Serena Williams comes into the U.S. Open with a career-best eight titles this season. (Darron Cummings/AP)

NEW YORK — No. 1 Serena Williams says she has nothing to prove when she begins her U.S. Open title defense on Monday. Williams, who will open against former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on Monday, has said she doesn’t think she’s had the greatest 2013, but at 31, and with 16 Grand Slam titles, including her French Open victory this spring, Williams now says she’s playing with house money.

“I don’t need to do anything,” Williams told reporters during U.S. Open Media Day. “That’s the beauty of my career. I don’t need to do anything at all. Everything I do from this day forward is a bonus. Actually from yesterday. It doesn’t matter. Everything for me is just extra.”

Williams comes into the U.S. Open with a career-best eight titles this season, with three of those titles coming on hard courts in Brisbane, Miami, and a few weeks ago in Toronto. If she’s able to win her fifth title in New York, she’ll be the first woman to successfully defend a U.S. Open title since Kim Clijsters in 2010. She could also clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking if she wins and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka fails to make the final.

But the road to the U.S. Open title may have to go through Azarenka. The two-time Australian Open leads the WTA in winning percentage on hard courts, going 25-1 this season, while Serena follows her at 29-3. Two of those losses have come to Azarenka in hard court finals, most recently in the final of Cincinnati, which saw Azarenka come back to snap Williams’ 14-match post-Wimbledon win streak to win the title with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win. Williams says the loss was a blessing in disguise.

“Every time I lose, I get so pumped afterwards and I just feel that way,” she said. “I just feel like now I’m ready, now I’m prepared. I almost needed that to take my game to a new level.”

After a week of rest, Williams insists she’s recovered from her heavy summer schedule. She’s already played 64 matches this season, including 15 since Wimbledon, the most she’s ever played in that span.

“I feel great,” Williams said. “I feel completely recharged. I feel fine. To play more matches now later in my career than sooner, it’s interesting how good I feel.”

Williams plays Schiavone in the first night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night.

  • Published On Aug 24, 2013
  • 26 comments
    trilly3807
    trilly3807

    She is absolutely correct. Her career stats say it all. 

    If Vika has breasts the size of Serena's, she is hiding them quite well. I was surprised at the comment by @chordchanger69regarding "industrial strength size/capacity sports-bra" competition. Really? I'll have to pay more attention during the USO which starts airing in less than 15 minutes! YAY! Looking forward to the last Slam of the season.

    superboofer
    superboofer

    Could you imagine the stench after a three set tennis match

    chordchanger69
    chordchanger69

    She's got nothing to prove except to compete with Petra Kvitova and let's see who else.... maybe Azarenka on who's got the most impressive, industrial strength size/capacity sports-bra of anyone in the woman's field, both sides of the draw, right?

    tfaw
    tfaw

    Need to prove that it is female,,,,

    brodney199
    brodney199

    SERENA is the best female athlete ever, also the most talented in history :)

    pios73137
    pios73137

    Serena is the sexy Queen and she's driving the haters crazy and we fans are loving every freaking moment of it lol

    CarlosDanger1
    CarlosDanger1

    Serena Williams is easily the most disgusting figure in all of sports. This includes fellow steroid junkies Alex Rodriguez, Lance Armstrong, Ryan Braun, etc.

    NOSCA
    NOSCA

    Isn't Kim the last woman to defend her US Open title in 2010?

    Mark112
    Mark112

    @superboofer  

    You are gross and an idiot. Go back to preschool; this site is for semi-dignified adults.

    Fan_of_Tennis
    Fan_of_Tennis

    @tfaw Who are you talking about - Serena, or Courtney the author of this article  (aka, "the deuce"). 

    Marchoir
    Marchoir

    @brodney199 Babe Didrikson. Nobody else even remotely close. The next on the list would be Jackie Joyner.

    Deborah6
    Deborah6

    @CarlosDanger1

    You must be a moaningvika fan or maybe you more favor Sharapova .Does it piss you the hell off to know that  moaningpova won't be playing in this year's U.S Open. 

    lloydsed12
    lloydsed12

    @CarlosDanger1 I see you in You Tube Serena videos, I see you in Serena articles 24/7, yet you're a Sharapova fan ....hmmmmm! Losing sleep huh? You will soon end up in a mental institution, you disgusting and a sad excuse of a human being . You should be accusing Sharapova for injecting her huge manly looking broad shoulders with PEDs

    unifiedairway
    unifiedairway

    @NOSCA Yes, Clijsters won in 2009 and 2010.  Good observation.   SI tennis is not known for fact checking.  I find errors frequently.  However, I don't think they care.  Given the nature of comments on these pages where people just come to yell at each other, it probably doesn't matter.  You should write for them...


    Tennis.com has fewer errors but atrocious layout, slow as a snail, and can be a snoozefest sometimes.

    CarlosDanger1
    CarlosDanger1

    @superboofer I agree with 100%. Serena is a steroid freak who would be better fitted for the NFL as a linebacker. Whatever Serena is male or female, I actually feel sorry for it.

    itsmeagain
    itsmeagain

    @superboofer Millions of men beg to differ. Serena's body is truly a work of art.  She is a warrior goddess.

    spystud
    spystud

    @Deborah6  Very creative with the nicknames.  We've never seen anything like those used before.  Congrats. 

    Mark112
    Mark112

    @lloydsed12  

    Hopefully Serena will put down another beatdown on the Asian line judge if things aren't going her way. S is such a juicer and you are such a groupie