Given the way she’s playing right now, and the way her game keeps evolving, there’s every reason to believe that collection will grow some more.
“I’m already thinking about what I could have done better. I think I’m a little crazy in that (way), like something must not be right, because I don’t even relish the moment enough,” said Williams, who turns 32 on Sept. 26.
“I just automatically think: What’s next?”
After wasting a big lead in the U.S. Open final Sunday against Victoria Azarenka, Williams put aside all sorts of problems — including, she acknowledged later, some nerves — to regroup and regain control. Pulling away down the stretch, the No. 1-seeded Williams beat No. 2 Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 for her second consecutive championship at Flushing Meadows.
“When you’re always trying to write history — or join history, in my case — maybe you just get a little more nervous than you should. I also think it’s kind of cool, because it means that it means a lot to you. It means a lot to me, this trophy,” Williams said, pointing her right hand at her fifth silver cup from the U.S. Open, “and every single trophy that I have.”
She has won four of the past six major tournaments. Her 17 Grand Slam titles are the sixth-most in history for a woman, only one behind Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, and the same total as the men’s record-holder, Roger Federer.