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Serena Williams is hoping to secure back-to-back titles in New York as she prepares to face Victoria Azarenka in the final of the US Open on Sunday.
The American managed to battle past her Belarusian opponent in the final of the same tournament last year, as she came out on top in a three-set showdown, winning 7-5 in the decider.
Williams has been in formidable form throughout the US Open this year and now she is going in search of her fifth title in this particular Grand Slam.
The great Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles is edging ever closer for the 31-year-old, who requires six more to level with the German.
However Williams is not willing to think too far ahead and knows she must focus on getting past Azarenka at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, before even considering any possible all-time records.
She said: “I can’t think about it. It’s so close but still so far. I have to play a great player and play great tennis.
“I have been really focused. My practices have been much better than my matches. I set some goals for myself in my matches and I’ve met those goals every time.”
Williams has only lost 16 games over her six matches at the US Open so far this year and has yet to lose a set, which is a record Azarenka will be hoping to end when they meet in the showpiece event.
The Belarusian is 12-3 down in the all-time record between these two players, but will take heart after winning two of their last three encounters this year.