Serena Gets Sisterly Advice Ahead Of SF
Published September 06, 2012 12:32
NEW YORK, NY, USA - As if the challenge facing Sara Errani in the semifinals of the US Open was not tough enough already, on Wednesday evening she found out it was going to get that little bit tougher.
Standing between Errani and a second Grand Slam final of the season is the imposing figure of Serena Williams. With 14 majors, 24 wins in her last 25 matches and a 3-0 head-to-head record, experience, form and history all seem to point to a Williams victory.
However, ever the professional, the American is leaving no stone unturned in her preparations for her 22nd Grand Slam semifinal, and revealed in her post-match press conference on Wednesday that she is enlisting the help of a recent Errani foe to help formulate a game plan.
Who is this willing accomplice? None other than sister Venus, who has crossed paths with Errani twice this summer - coming out on top in one-sided encounters at the Olympics and in Cincinnati.
"I'm definitely going to have a long conversation the next couple of days with Venus before I play my match," Serena said after defeating Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals. "I will pick up everything I need to know, because she's playing really well against her and I want to do the same thing."
While Serena may seem to hold all the aces going into Friday's matchup, she is well aware of the qualities possessed by the pugnacious Italian and the danger she poses.
"She's a great fighter and has a great attitude and believes," she said. "I think when you have such self belief in yourself then you can do anything."
Worryingly for Errani, her trademark never-say-die attitude has succeeded not only in impressing but also inspiring her opponent.
"I love her attitude. I do. I'm inspired by it actually," Serena added. "She's playing well. I mean, finals of Roland Garros and now semis here, potential finals. I can't underestimate her. It's not by luck she's been doing so well."
Although Errani is not the only one doing well of late; Williams' red hot form in 2012 has seen her pick up the Wimbledon, Olympic, Stanford, Madrid and Charleston titles, and left many sage observers questioning whether this is the best she has ever played.
Ever the perfectionist, though, Serena feels there is still more to come.
"I just want to go out there and do the best that I can. That's what I want to do," Serena said about her upcoming match. "I feel like I'm going to get more focused and serious and start playing Serena tennis in the next couple of rounds, if I get to play two rounds. That's my goal.
"I didn't think I came into this tournament playing my best, but I definitely played better in the last two matches. I hope I have two matches left, and, you know, give 200%."