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From Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
Serena Williams says she has not thought about her contentious defeat against Naomi Osaka in a year’s US Open final as she goes for a 24th Grand Slam title.
The American, 37, known as umpire Carlos Ramos that a“thief“ and a“liar“ as he docked her a game amid outstanding scenes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
She meets Canadian Bianca Andreescu, 19, in this year’s final on Saturday.
On last year’s last, Williams said:“It hasn’t really crossed my mind.“
Williams is rival after her victory in New York, while Andreescu is acting in her first Grand Slam final on her debut.
When Williams won her first Grand Slam title here andreescu wasn’t even born.
„I recall watching her when I was about 10. I saw her triumph most of her Grand Slam titles,“ Andreescu, “ 15th, said.
„I’m convinced she is going to attract her a match. I will try and bring my A game, too. Hopefully, I guess, will the best player win.“
Twelve months ago, Williams was at the centre of a few of their moments in tennis history in her way to a defeat by Japan’s Osaka.
The house favourite established a tirade after she was punished by him for smashing a racquet because she grew more frustrated and receiving coaching from Patrick Mouratoglou.
That led issuing a game’s penalty’s further punishment questioning his integrity and docking her a stage.
As the New York audience turned to Ramos A atmosphere developed on Ashe.
Williams has refused to talk in detail regarding the episode publicly because, although said she felt“disrespected by means of a game I love“ in a first-person piece printed in American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar in July.
That meeting against Osaka, that had been left crying with sadness after clinching her first Grand Slam winwas Williams’ first US Open final a year earlier because returning to the game after the birth of girl Olympia.
Simona Halep also lost last year’s Wimbledon final and beat in this year’s final at the All England Club williams.
Now she has a fourth opportunity to win elusive 24th major – her first since becoming a mom – and says she’s ready to dispel any doubts.
„There are a good deal of things that I’ve learned previously, but that I just have to go out there, most importantly, first and foremost, just keep comfortable,“ she said.
„I think being on the courtroom is almost just a tiny bit more relaxing than just hanging out having a two-year-old that is dragging you everywhere. I think that’s sort of been somewhat useful.“
Williams is planning to equivalent the all time list of 24 Grand Slam singles games of Australian Margaret Court by beating Andreescu, which would then give her the opportunity to become the major winner at the Australian Open in January – in which there has been a stadium called after Court.
Williams has not won a major since the 2017 Open, when she was pregnant.
After losing at Wimbledon to an motivated Halep, Williams said she was not feeling since she chases the tally of Court, burdened with the weight of history.
„It looks like any Grand Slam final I’m in recently, it’s been an incredible effort to get there,“ Williams explained.
„It might be interesting to observe how it would be under different circumstances.“
Williams fought with a knee problem going into Wimbledon but was injury-free at Flushing Meadows, while dropping just one place to the final on her way, appearing.
A triumph from China’s 18th seed Wang Qiang lasted 44 minutes, even while Allied seed Elina Svitolina – expected to offer a test – was also overwhelmed in straight places.
While Williams might expect to be competing in another Grand Slam final, her opponent Andreescu says it is“crazy“ she will be playing at Saturday’s showpiece.
Twelve months ago, she lost in the very first round of qualifying in Flushing Meadows and has been ranked outside of the top 200 in the world.
But she’s come to be the most talked on the planet after having a rise this year.
Maria and andreescu, whose Spartan parents Nicu emigrated to Canada in the 1990s , had played with six matches that were tour-level .
Ever since then she’s won prestigious WTA Premier titles in Indian Wells and Toronto, rising to 15th on the planet because of this and raking in 1.79m of her #1.97m livelihood prize money.
Asked what her reaction would have been if somebody told her a year ago she’d be facing Williams at the US Open final, she said:“I do not believe I would have believed them. It’s just insane what a year could do.
„If somebody would have stated that a few weeks ago, I believe I’d have believed them.“
Belief is not her assurance as using a killer forehand rated among the finest in the sport, as well exuding in a marvellous all-purpose game which has the choice to pull against opponents apart.
This fearlessness also shone out in her win over Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic where she saved six break points in the opening series and fought back from 5-2 down in the second to win 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.
„I think that it’s only inside of me . I believe it’s just my passion for the game, too,“ she explained.
„I hope a lot from myselfso I believe pressure helps me to do my best in games.“
Andreescu has already earned six wins above top-10 gamers this season – Caroline Wozniacki, Svitolina, Kerber (twice), Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova – while she led by an early fracture before Williams retired by their Rogers Cup final in Toronto last month with a spine injury.
This run to the US Open means she has won 13 straight matches and this season is matched by an outstanding 44 of her 48.
Another win will see her become the first teenager since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon old 17 to win their first Grand Slam singles title.
She’d also fit Monica Seles’ list of winning a major at the Open era on her fourth appearance in a Grand Slam main attraction.
„I have always dreamed of this moment ever since I was a little kid. But I don’t believe many people would have actually thought it would become a fact,“ Andreescu stated.
„Being in the closing is really unique. Hopefully I can play a little bit better than I did in the semi-finals.“
Marion Bartoli 5 live
I think since coming back by giving birth to Olympia that she didn’t have previously Serena has been believing that extra little pressure , necessarily.
For me it comes down to the additional pressure she places on herself, on her shoulders.
We are close friends and we talked about it at length after she lost to Sofia Kenin in Roland Garros and for some reason she just can’t get that extra pressure from her mind.
She feels she must acquire this one, and it has to be the one that she’s going for and to 24 to 25.
I believe she’ll be able to realise that she should feel convinced that she’s the better player that it is not the mindset to possess.
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