US Open: Williams ready to defend title

Serena williams us open title

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Four time US Open champion Serena Williams insists that she is fully prepared to defend her crown when the tournament gets underway next week.

The world number one heads into the competition on the back of a defeat to Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Cincinnati Open last week.

The American had put together a lengthy winning streak in the build-up to clash with Azarenka but admits she is relieved that she no longer has to worry about extending it.

Williams has already claimed one Grand Slam title this year at the French Open when she beat Maria Sharapova – who has pulled out of the event at Flushing Meadows through injury.

The 31-year-old is some way off catching Molla Mallory, who has claimed a record eight titles at Flushing Meadows but believes that she can continue to enjoy success in her homeland.

Williams said: “I’m definitely prepared. I’m definitely ready for New York. I definitely had more matches than I could want, but I’m definitely prepared for the US Open.

“It would be totally different circumstances (to the loss at Cincinnati). It’s just a new event. You just got to go in there with a fresh mind.

“It makes me more relaxed and almost happy that I lost because now I don’t have to worry about every day someone asking me about some silly winning streak. So maybe it was for the best.”

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