Serena's U.S. Open buildup begins with questions

Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:07pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Serena Williams was in superb form as she began her U.S. Open buildup with an entertaining effort highlighted by a couple of cheeky returns and a few clear winners at a rainy Rogers Cup on Monday.

Williams will not actually launch her North American hard court campaign until Tuesday or Wednesday against Italy's Flavia Pennetta, so all of Monday's action took place in a posh VIP lounge where the world number one took questions from the media.

The media mob included good friend turned interloper reporter Caroline Wozniacki.

Well rested and relaxed after sitting out the Stanford event with a sore right elbow, Williams was asked by a playful Wozniacki, "obviously I am the coolest person you know, why is that?"

The answer came quickly, like a saucy drop shot: "Because we are just alike Caroline, just alike," chuckled Williams.

On court, however, Williams has no equals.

The 33-year-old American dominates tennis like few ever have and is on the brink of completing one of her sport's rarest feats - a calendar year grand slam.

With all four slam titles already in her possession for a second so-called Serena Slam, a successful defense of her U.S. Open crown next month in Flushing Meadows would put her in an exclusive club along with Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf as women who have swept all four in a season.   Continued...

Serena Williams  in Bastad, Sweden, July 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Adam Ihse/TT News Agency