US Open 2014: Serena Williams ‘excited’ after reaching last eight
US Open 2014: Top seed Serena Williams books her place in the last eight with a straight-sets win over Kaia Kanepi
Serena Williams could not hide her delight after booking her place in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time this year at the US Open.
The top seed sealed a 6-3 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia at Flushing Meadows to progress to the last eight after a largely disappointing season.
Now I’m more relaxed. I feel like I don’t have to win any more.
Williams said: “I never thought it [reaching the quarter-finals] would be so exciting (smiling). It feels good.
“Obviously I don’t want this to end. But I’m just happy that I’m able to be performing a little better at the end of the year.”
The 32-year-old went on to reveal that she feels more “relaxed” as she approaches the twilight years of her career.
“I’m a perfectionist, I always want to be the best, do the best,” she continued.
“I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well, particularly in the Slams, to do really well.
“I had a couple nagging injuries that definitely didn’t help. But other than that it was just that.
“Now I’m more relaxed. I feel like I don’t have to win any more. I’ve had a wonderful career. Tennis has given me so much, things I would have never expected in my life.
“I feel honoured to even be a part of such a wonderful sport. So I think ultimately that really helps me to be able to be more relaxed.”