by Kai EL’ Zabar
U.S. Open Day One Monday 9.31.15
Gracing the cover of Vogue earlier this year postured Serena for the big win of the year and she’s been moving fast along that path winning all but one grand slam, which is on the table now, No. 4 of four. So she’s positioned for the big win. It was a straightforward start for the Queen of tennis at the U.S. Open the No.1 was up 6-0-2 when her first round opponent was forced to retire the game hurt. Serena is making het bid to complete the Calendar slam, by winning all four slam titles in one year.
Serena Williams blew through her first-round match at the U.S. Open –– the final grand slam of 2015 — to edge to within just six wins of a rare calendar-year slam and the crowd rooted her on, the American way.
And thank God folks are rooted for someone news worthy other than Donald Trump.
The Queen of tennis was roared on by a patriotic crowd in New York as she aims to become the first woman since Steffi Graff in 1988 to win the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open crowns in a single season.
Beating Serena Williams at a grand slam? We’ll see but she’s on a roll, like a hurricane blowing across the ocean. Eventually it dies down but not until it’s done. And the Queen is not done, not yet.
“It’s great to be here, to be American, to be on this journey in my life,” the 33-year-old superstar gushed to reporters.
“It’s kind of awesome that this is the last grand slam of the year. If it were in a different county I would still love it but it’s not the same as being an American playing in New York, playing for that ultimate goal.”
Earlier on the road Queen Serena teased the media not to jinx the Serena Slam before the French and Wimbledon championships but having completed that feat — to hold all four majors at once — she seems appears relaxed on home turf and encouraged.
Serena a.k.a world No.1 overpowered Vitalia Diatchenko, winning eight straight games running her Russian opponent run down and limping off the court with the score at 6-0 2-0.
“It was definitely different,” Williams said of her quick fire win at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which took just 30 minutes. “And bizarre. I kept thinking, ‘just stay focused, don’t lose it’. You never know what can happen.”
Serena, a six-time U.S. Open champion, channeling her inner calm, rather than her presumed intimidating goddess power, to knock off six more match wins, all she now needs for a magnificent seventh title in New York.
“Sometimes if I’m down I need to have a little extra fight, a little more power and passion,” she explained.
“But there’s also a calm that I need to tap into to do the best that I can as well.”
Serena, who reportedly sold her Manhattan apartment last month for a handy profit, revealed that she is relaxing by watching a lot of TV enjoying the convenience of endless Netflix.
All eyes are on the intensely focused Serena who could prove to be deadly for her opponents. The 21-time grand slam winner is on a 22-match winning streak in New York.
Her next opponent in the second-round Wednesday is Dutch world No.110 Kiki Bertens.
“She does a lot of things well,” commented Serena. “She has a big serve. It’s definitely something that I look forward too.”