Serena Williams will try to take another step towards a record-setting 23rd grand slam title at the US Open on Friday.
World number one Williams faces fellow American Vania King in second round action and a victory would put her five match wins away from breaking the professional era record for grand slam titles that she currently shares with Steffi Graf. (Serena Williams’ 183-week stay at the top under threat)
“I can improve a lot,” said Williams, who needed just 63 minutes to get by Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in the first round. “I can get a lot better. I feel like there’s much, much more I can do. That’s the only thing I can do is do that.”
Williams came two wins away from a rare calendar-year grand slam last year only to lose in the US Open semi-finals to eventual runner-up Roberta Vinci of Italy.
This year, with a niggling shoulder injury knocking some speed off her usually destructive serve, Williams is not sure what she is capable of.
“I had a great experience last year,” she said. “I was going for something that no one has done in a really long time. Yeah, it didn’t end out wonderful for me or the way I wanted it to end. But it was all I could do. That’s all I could do. “If I could make the semis this year, I’d be excited about that. I need to at least do something.”
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