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Serena hungry for another GS

Serena hungry for another grand slam crown
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By Matthew Cronin

STANFORD, California (Reuters) - Serena Williams is adamant she does not plan on ending 2008 without a grand slam title or an Olympic gold medal.


The top seed at this week's Stanford Classic, Williams has had what many players on the WTA tour would consider a good season, winning in Bangalore, Miami and Charleston.


However, she has fallen short at the grand slams, losing to Jelena Jankovic in Melbourne, Katarina Srebotnik at Paris and then against older sister Venus at Wimbledon earlier this month.


"I can't say I'm pleased with my year because I haven't won any grand slams this year," Williams told Reuters on Monday. "That's always been the goal for me.


"I didn't play well in Australia, the French I shot myself in the foot and at Wimbledon I couldn't get it together in the final.


"So I have to win something eventually. I feel like I should be able to win for the most part and sometimes I get disgusted because I didn't make the right shots, or made a lot of errors.


"I don't like to lose. I'm a perfectionist and feel like I should be the best at what I do."


The 26-year-old, who has won eight grand slam singles titles, though the last was at the 2007 Australian Open, admitted she had perked up after losing in the Wimbledon final to combine with her sister and claim the doubles crown.


"It would have sucked if I lost the doubles, too," Serena said. "I had to get over (the singles). Venus played better than I did, but I didn't play my best."

Serena, who has been hampered by injuries in recent years, has embarked upon a heavy schedule on the North American hardcourt circuit and is scheduled to play Stanford, Los Angeles and Montreal before heading to Beijing for the Olympics.


She will then travel to the U.S. Open in New York.


"I'm feeling good," the fifth ranked Williams said. "I have goals and have almost no points coming off this summer. I can only move ahead."


The Williams sisters combined for the Olympic gold medal in doubles at the 2000 Games in Sydney, but Serena missed the 2004 games in Athens due to an injury and she admitted a singles medal at Beijing was a target.


"The Olympics and U.S. Open are hovering," said Williams, who is scheduled to play her opening match at Stanford on Wednesday.


"I think I'll be ready for them."
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"I didn't play well in Australia, the French I shot myself in the foot and at Wimbledon I couldn't get it together in the final.


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She's putting too much pressure on herself, again. Sadly we have read many of these articles in the past. Too many. Please get it together for the U.S. Open Serena, don't talk so much about winning a Slam just do it.
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Good to see Serena motivated; that promisses some good tennis ahead. I am looking forward to watching it

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Hmmm... 4 tournaments before the Open? I say skip Montreal, Serena.
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I think Serena knows # 1 is ahead. In 2001, she got "sick of losing" according to her. The Serena Slam began after she lost a slam final to her sister.

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Hmmm... 4 tournaments before the Open? I say skip Montreal, Serena.
Not sure what she meant. She is only entered in Stanford, LA, Olympics + USO. She is not playing Montreal. No way her body could handle it after WTT and then the two Californian tournaments.
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yea she isn't down for playing montreal on her website...

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Hmmm... 4 tournaments before the Open? I say skip Montreal, Serena.
OMG, Ree is listed for more tournaments before USO than JJ

She wants that USO title sooooo bad


....or Olympics gold medal

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Serena, stop making excuses
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OMG, Ree is listed for more tournaments before USO than JJ

She wants that USO title sooooo bad


....or Olympics gold medal
Jankovic played 15586535 tournaments before US Open and it caused her a burnt out in the semis
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Jankovic played 15586535 tournaments before US Open and it caused her a burnt out in the semis
That happened 2 years ago
And she lost that semi cause she went nuts

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she's not playing all four events listed in the interview.. it would be suicide if she did! i can see her playing stanford and la, then going to beijing and the us open...

"Venus played better than I did, but I didn't play my best."

at first i thought this was a really mature comment, till she said she didnt play her best.. when will she get over herself and accept that she was beaten fairly, and the reason she might not have played 'her best' was because her opponent was too good. none of this i beat myself or i wasnt at my best nonsense!
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she's not playing all four events listed in the interview.. it would be suicide if she did! i can see her playing stanford and la, then going to beijing and the us open...

"Venus played better than I did, but I didn't play my best."

at first i thought this was a really mature comment, till she said she didnt play her best.. when will she get over herself and accept that she was beaten fairly, and the reason she might not have played 'her best' was because her opponent was too good. none of this i beat myself or i wasnt at my best nonsense!
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The pressure she puts on herself is getting to be too much. She is starting to choke against top players in Grand Slams too much. For example, the way she played against Radwanska would've been enough to put away Venus in the Final; and she started off that way in the first two games. Then just FELL APART for a while. It is completely bizarre.

She will never win a big tournament until she realises she has to play the real Serena way, not this consistent hitting rubbish.

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