Like she’s done all week, Serena Williams has graced us with her pressure following each of her victories. On Sunday, she entered the press room as the new Rogers Cup champion. Despite her victory, though, Serena, the competitor that she is, knows there are still plenty of ways to improve her game.
“For me, it’s like I did great but what can I do better? What can I improve on? That’s what I always strive for,” said the American. “I think whenever I become satisfied, then that’s when I think a lot of players, in general, the level goes down. For me, throughout my whole career, I’ve always tried to constantly do better.”
Specifically, Serena admitted that she could improve on her attitude on the court.
“I get so intense and so emotionally charged and I want it so bad that sometimes it works against me – as well as a lot of other things.”
Having won this year’s Rogers Cup without losing a set, Serena Williams’ domination of her opponents was front-and-center even if not everyone wanted to admit it.
“No tournament is ever easy, especially being in the position I am in,” answered the 31-year-old. “You have to, you know, the tournament starts and they expect you to win. The tournament is like, Well, you’re going to be in the final. After your semifinal I want you to do this and you have to do this and this press.
“It’s like, Who knows if I’ll even make it to the semifinals? It’s a lot of pressure and it’s not easy. So everything is, for me, a bonus and a blessing to get so far.”
Serena was then asked of the play of her opponent Sorana Cirstea despite the lopsided 6-2, 6-0 result.
“I think she played well. I mean, I don’t know the stats but I don’t think there were too many Love games. We had some long rallies.
“I mean, we both hit a few unforced errors but I told my coach, I thought she played really well today.”
Fans may be getting tired of seeing Serena Williams win tournaments but regardless, as she has proven this week, the American is still the most dominating force in women’s tennis. After all, as the old cliché goes, To be the best, you have to beat the best so, in that sense, Serena’s dominance is primarily a blessing in disguise for the other women on the tour.
Now that the Rogers Cup is done for another year, Serena Williams will take some time to prepare for her championship defense at the US Open in New York, which is scheduled to kick off on Monday, August 26.