US Open 2018: Serena Williams says she has a protracted solution to go to win Flushing Meadows title
|2018 US Open|
|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Protection: Reside radio protection on BBC Radio 5 dwell sports activities additional; dwell textual content commentaries on the BBC Sport web site|
Serena Williams says she nonetheless has a “actually lengthy solution to go” to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on the US Open.
Williams performs Anastasija Sevastova within the semi-finals on Thursday and is the one main winner left within the draw.
A seventh US Open title would see the American equal Margaret Court docket’s Grand Slam haul however Williams has misplaced her final two semi-finals in New York.
Williams, 36, additionally misplaced to Angelique Kerber on this 12 months’s Wimbledon ultimate.
“I might been a few steps away on the final Grand Slam, so I am undoubtedly not forward of myself,” Williams stated.
“I nonetheless know that irrespective of whether or not I am within the semi-finals or the finals, I’ve a very lengthy solution to go to win.”
Williams can be aiming for a primary Grand Slam title since giving delivery to her daughter final 12 months.
The semi-final, which begins at begins 0:00 BST on Friday, is Sevastova’s first in a Grand Slam semi-final and comes after her win over defending champion Sloane Stephens within the quarter-finals.
Sevastova retired from the game in 2013 due to recurring accidents and spent two years learning leisure administration earlier than returning in 2015.
“It was a tremendous journey, this three, 4 years,” the world quantity 18 stated. “After I cease, sooner or later I’ll have a look at it and I will probably be pleased with myself, for certain.
“I hope I’ll take pleasure in it, enjoying semi-finals. It is not day by day you play semi-finals of a Grand Slam.”
|Williams’ path to the semi-final|
|First spherical: Beat Magda Linette 6-Four 6-0|
|Second spherical: Beat Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-2|
|Third spherical: Beat Venus Williams 6-2 6-1|
|Fourth spherical: Beat Kaia Kanepi 6-Zero 4-6 6-3|
|Quarter-final: Beat Karolina Pliskova 6-Four 6-3|
Again to ‘enterprise’ for Osaka
The second semi-final sees 2017 runner-up Madison Keys face Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who’s making her first look in a Grand Slam semi-final.
Osaka, who has lengthy been tipped as a future star of the ladies’s sport, is the primary Japanese lady to succeed in the final 4 of a Grand Slam for 22 years.
“It means lots however I used to be far more emotional for the quarters and now I really feel prefer it’s type of enterprise once more,” the 20-year-old stated.
“Quarters was my psychological aim, each time I performed a Grand Slam.
“After which after I went into the quarters, I need to hold going, so I really feel like I’ve to be centered once more and hold attempting actually laborious.”