Serena Williams still has her chance to become a part of history (again) and she is still working just as hard as everyone else to get there - this isn't going to be an easy battle for her. In fact, she almost lost her spot to her sister, Venus, just last night at the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
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She won 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
She only needs to win two more times and she will become the first player since Steffi Graf to win all four Grand Slam singles titles within the same year. Graf won in 1988. She would also tie Graf on another record: the most major singles titles since they started counting the "Open Era" in 1968. She currently has 21 major singles titles, and winning the U.S. Open would bring her up to the 22. For her part, Serena isn't that worried about making history:
"That would be huge, not just for me, but for my family, just for what it represents and how hard we have worked and where we come from. So it would be a moment for our family," said the 23rd-seeded Venus, who is 15 months older. "But at the same time, if it doesn't happen it's not going to make or break you. We don't have anything to prove. She has nothing to prove. She's really the best ever."
According to Market Watch, Williams needed three sets to win 11 of her 26 Grand Slam matches this season. But she said this one, where she had to play against one of her earlier rivals, was her toughest so far.
“She was at an unbelievable level today,” Serena Williams said. “It’s probably the toughest match I have played in a really, really, really long time where I wasn’t actually beating myself.”
As for what the conversation will be like with her older sister, she doesn't think the pair will have a problem. "Obviously we are very, very tough competitors on the court," Serena said later, "but once the match is over, the second it's done, you know, we're sisters, we're roommates, and we're all that."