Jo Durie, a former world number four, has told The Tennis Space that Serena Williams is unlikely to be on her best behaviour at the US Open as “she wants to win so badly”. On her last two visits to Flushing Meadows, Williams has verbally abused officials – in 2009, she threatened to stuff a tennis ball down an official’s throat, and last summer she accused an umpire of being “a hater, unattractive inside”. Durie suggested that Williams, the Wimbledon and Olympic champion, gets much more uptight competing in New York than she does in London.
Durie on how Williams struggles to control her emotions: “Serena won’t change her behaviour in New York, she’s unable to do that. She’ll want to win so badly in New York, and if she gets frustrated, and if she’s not getting her own way, she will find it difficult to control her emotions. Everything went well for her at Wimbledon and then at the Olympics, but then in Cincinnati last week she got emotional and frustrated and she smashed a racket at the side of the court. There’s usually theatre and drama when Serena’s playing in New York and that’s what people want to see, isn’t it?”
Durie on how Williams is more uptight in America than in England: “Serena gets more uptight and nervous playing in New York than she does at Wimbledon. She wants to win so badly. So I can Serena losing in New York. Players like Li Na, Kerber and Kvitova are in decent form at the moment. A lot will depend on how Serena serves. If she serves like she did at Wimbledon and the Olympics, it will be very difficult to beat her.”
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