London 2012

Serena still aiming high

World number five targets Olympics success

Last Updated: 15/07/08 7:56am

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Serena: Not pleased

Serena: Not pleased

Serena Williams says she has no intention of ending the season without a major title.

After falling short in all three Grand Slams this year, the 26-year-old has only the US Open and the Beijing Olympics to aim for, but she is determined to put together a strong run in the closing months of the season.

The top seed at this week's Stanford Classic, Williams was beaten by Jelena Jankovic at the Australian Open and Katarina Srebotnik at Roland Garros before losing out to sister Venus in the final at Wimbledon.

She has three titles to her name this season, having won in Bangalore, Miami and Charleston, but does not consider that to be a good return.

"I can't say I'm pleased with my year because I haven't won any grand slams this year," Williams said.

"That's always been the goal for me. I didn't play well in Australia, the French I shot myself in the foot and at Wimbledon I couldn't get it together in the final.


"So I have to win something eventually. I feel like I should be able to win for the most part and sometimes I get disgusted because I didn't make the right shots, or made a lot of errors.

"I don't like to lose. I'm a perfectionist and feel like I should be the best at what I do."

Williams will play three tournaments before departing for China, after which she will be at Flushing Meadows for the US Open.

"I'm feeling good," said the world number five. "I have goals and have almost no points coming off this summer. I can only move ahead.

"The Olympics and US Open are hovering. I think I'll be ready for them."

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