Serena Williams wins US Open women’s main draw

Serena Williams hails Tiger Woods’ influence as she continues her US Open run

After two straight weeks without a win on clay, Serena Williams is beginning her 2018 season with a victory on the US Open women’s main draw.

Having made the quarter-finals at both Flushing Meadows and Wimbledon, Williams is also looking to win the season-opening Grand Slam event in Flushing Meadows.

The 35-year-old mother of two will be looking to win her fourth major title this year following her triumph at Wimbledon last year.

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Williams: ‘This is about making history and making us proud’

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Williams was delighted to make the quarter-finals at the US Open after winning all four of her previous matches at Flushing Meadows.

She said: ‘I’m just trying to get past one of those little round pots where I’m up against the wall and try to go through. This is about making history and making us proud.

‘Tiger is really close in terms of winning majors and this is going to be big for him.

Williams began her run of three consecutive finals by defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round – Williams went on to win the title.

LONDON: Serena Williams returned to the top of the tennis world with a victory on the US Open women’s main draw. The 35-year-old mother of two, in her first major title defence, swept past top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round on Saturday (June 15).

While Williams was the heavy favourite in the draw, she and her sister Venus had to dig deep to defeat the No 1 seeds. At Wimbledon, Williams was beaten in the first round by British number one Naomi Osaka.

The first seeds started in the women’s draw and were joined by No. 12 Naomi Osaka, No. 11 Johanna Konta and No. 10 Bianca Andreescu in the four-woman main draw.

Wozniacki had an excellent first set against Williams but the

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