Serena Williams hails Tiger Woods’ influence as she continues her US Open run
Serena Williams is set to meet her great rival for the number one ranking on Sunday, Tiger Woods, on Rod Laver Arena.
Williams has not dropped a set this season, having never lost three in a row in a major, and will be on course to earn her fifth green jacket after she beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-4 in the US Open final on Sunday.
Woods, who is currently leading the Masters, will be aiming to become only the seventh player to win the US Open and the Masters in the same year and win the second major of the year.
The pair will face off in an early-bird special on day four of the match, with an early-bird day on Sunday, March 1 with an early-bird double match on day five on May 15.
In an interview on the final day of the US Open, Williams told a packed press conference on the 16th green, “I will go to bed tonight thinking about two things going into Thursday.
“I want to win the US Open and win my next major golf tournament, which will be the Masters. Then I want to play in the Masters again next year.”
The 34-year-old is also preparing for the possibility of having one of the longest active win streaks in women’s tennis. Having won 10 Australian Opens and two French Opens, Williams last won a major title in 2013, also in Miami.
Williams’ career started in 2006 at the age of 17 and she has won 22 grand slam titles, including three Australian Opens, 15 French Opens and one Aegon Classic in 2015, the latter being her only title on the hard courts.
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