Serena Williams "pain-free" as she chases history at US Open

by Steven Clarke August 31, 2016, 1:32
Serena Williams

With a seventh US Open triumph she can break Graf's record, and continue her march toward Australian Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24 Grand Slam titles. "The U.S. Open is the most entertaining grand slam".

Her win over Williams in the Australian Open final was an enormous boost to her confidence and after an early French Open exit, she bounced back superbly to reach the final at Wimbledon.

On Friday, Murray said he and Rosol hashed things out after the match and "I have actually gotten along fine with him apart from that day". "I try to hit as many forehands as I can, go to my strength in the pressure moments".

"I learned not to get involved in those debates and conversations", Williams said after her straight-sets victory over Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final.

Rio was his first outing since an injury-enforced early withdrawal from Roland Garros, and the punishing schedule of 13 matches in 12 days at the Olympics and caught up with him when he lost in the third round at Cincinnati.

"Well, the wrist hasn't been in ideal start for the last three and a half weeks, but I'm doing everything in my power with obviously the medical team to make sure that I'm as close to 100 percent as possible", Djokovic said. "But there is nothing we can do about it".

Even if you look at the non-Grand Slam winners that have "come along" since 2003 there's oodles and oodles of players that might be more gifted than Kyrgios. "That's all I can do now".

Then there is the ever-consistent, ever-popular Radwanska, victor in New Haven this weekend and at the top of the US Open Series league table-and that could earn her the biggest payout in tennis along with the No1 ranking if she goes on to win in NY.

But although she is tipped for the title she knows that Williams, despite a shoulder concern, is still the one to beat. Slowed by a bothersome right shoulder, Williams lost in the third round of singles and first round of doubles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics - she was a 2012 gold medalist in both events - and then pulled out of a hard-court tuneup event in Ohio.

"But then I have to, like, remind myself that: 'You are Serena Williams!' " Williams continued, laughing.

Up 3-2 in the opening set, Djokovic called for a medical time out during the changeover as Janowicz took a seat in the stands while the world number one had his forearm massaged. So that creates a little bit of juicy comments.

McHale, who recently reached the second round in Cincinnati, is among 19 American women in the U.S. Open. But the 10th seeded Frenchman himself has a tough opener against Gilles Muller and it remains to be seen if he can play as befitting his ranking.

This summer, Williams has suffered woes very similar to those of her male counterpart, Novak Djokovic.

Vinci is seeded No. 7 at this U.S. Open, a big step up from 2015, and a status which brings with it the realization that if she can't duplicate last year's run, her ranking will fall.

The Pepsi-owned sports drink is running an ad within ESPN's Snapchat "Discover" channel that lets users play a simple video game as the tennis superstar. "The stadium wasn't full, like when I played against Serena or when I played against Flavia". After a few swipes, players will see the game's title screen, and swiping down from there will allows players to play the game.


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