Victoria Azarenka stopped Serena Williams short of winning her 24th Grand Slam title. However, the American still has an impressive number of records to her name. Serena had recently appeared on a talk show, hosted by Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin, where she answered questions related to tennis and her life.
One question particularly encapsulated her personal and professional life. She was asked how she would narrate her first Major win to her daughter Olympia. The 23-time Grand Slam winner had no definite answer but she tried to express what she had felt at the time.
“I just knew I was gonna win that year and I can’t explain it, I knew before I got there. I told myself, I was gonna win. It was my time and I just felt it. I was like I’m gonna win everything leading up to that. Remember I didn’t play San Diego that year but I remember being there with Venus. I may have played doubles there and I think I may have won Los Angeles,” she said.
“I just remember thinking this is because I finally beat Martina Hingis. She would beat me three times, then I was gonna beat her three times in a row. The US Open was the second or third win in a row. Everything is stacked for me to win this in the final. Just in general like going into the tournament, I just had this from day 1 I had this sixth feeling that I was gonna win. It’s just weird.”
The elusive 24th title is certainly haunting Serena. Coming back from her pregnancy, she has been unable to find the extra fuel to rake up a win in a final. The US Open 2020 had seemed like the perfect opportunity to touch the record. She did really well to get into the semi-finals and was the favorite going into her match against Victoria Azarenka.
Azarenka, on the other hand, had never beaten Serena in a Grand Slam. So, the odds were certainly in favor of Serena. However, Azarenka pulled off a stunning display of tennis to break Serena’s dream of stepping into the final. Although she lost to Naomi Osaka in the final, her fight was an extraordinary one.
Serena Williams is expected to take part in the French Open next. Will her quest for 24th Slam end there or not? Only time will tell.