Ser­ena chases cal­en­dar Slam, history at US Open

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

World num­ber one Ser­ena Wil­liams feels the pres­sure of chas­ing history at the US Open, but she ac­cepts the in­ten­sity as the price for dom­i­nat­ing a gen­er­a­tion of women s ten­nis.

The 33-year-old Amer­i­can, who cap­tured her first Grand Slam ti­tle at the 1999 US Open at age 17, is a huge fa­vorite as she tries to com­plete the first cal­en­dar-year Grand Slam since St­effi Graf in 1988 by win­ning her 22nd ca­reer ma­jor ti­tle start­ing Mon­day on the New York hard­courts. "I de­cided I pre­fer to have that pres­sure than the pres­sure of not win­ning," Wil­liams said. "Not ev­ery­one can han­dle that pres­sure, but I m OK with it. I would rather be in this po­si­tion than another one." Still, there s no doubt Wil­liams is look­ing for­ward to see­ing her de­signs in a New York fash­ion show a few days af­ter the US Open.

By then, the Grand Slam bid will be over, win or lose. "I m ready. I m so ready. I m ready to get it over with," Wil­liams said. "I don t care if I win or lose or break even. I m ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to the next event."

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