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Williams' first Grand Slam title came in 1999 at the U.S. Open. Her 12 month hard court data isn't elite level either, but these last two weeks in NY have demonstrated that she's somewhere towards her best, and in the last three months on hard court (including her disaster display against Jo Konta) she's held 80.7% and broken 44.2% (combined 124.9%). Her wish was granted. Having reached the Wimbledon final in July, she has flown through the US Open draw like a high-speed NY subway train.
"I love you, Serena", she added before adding "I love you, mom; I love everybody".
Between then and now, the 26-year-old's career has see-sawed. She also put on a strong showing at the 2017 US Open, defeating defending champion Angelique Kerber and Denisa Albertova before eventually falling to Kaia Kanepi.
Now, she is back playing at her home Grand Slam and looking close to her very best. At her second major back, Wimbledon, she was the runner-up. For instance, Williams' firstborn didn't rock the one-shoulder look like her mommy did. If she remembers to pack her serve, doesn't let the match turn into a foot race, and hits with enough depth to pin Osaka beyond the baseline, she ought to prevail. Two years later, and still just as revered for her nerdy coolness, it seems as if she might be on her way. Tactics and overall craftiness, rather than pure power, dominated the women's game and had made Hingis a five-time Grand Slam champion. In fact, Serena has bagled her opponents thrice in NY this year. But her path to victory starts with the right mentality.
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"Well, with me, it's tough. I can only go up from that match".
"To come from that, in the hospital bed, not being able to move and walk and do anything, to now only a year later, I'm actually in these finals, in two [Grand Slam finals] in a row", Williams said shortly after the match. As always, her serve will also be a key to the match-she leads the tournament with 64 aces and she's won almost 80% of points on her first serve through six rounds. "She was very impressive". Pliskova smashed a hole in a startled umpire's chair after losing to Maria Sakkari at the Italian Open earlier this year. Replays would show that her shot was in.
"There's still much more that I plan on doing", declared Williams.
She's not too keen for it to be cited as a measure of her composure. "I shouldn't really think of her as my idol". She received a hefty "four-figure fine", the same amount of which she later donated to charity. She helped the Czech Republic reach its sixth Fed Cup final in the past eight years with a 4-1 win over Germany.
That confidence jumped when the 29-year-old broke Williams to open the match then held for a 2-0 lead as an uneasy hush fell over the Arthur Ashe showcourt. The few times she thought the press and the audience rallied behind her was when she felt most suffocated. I know how to do it.