US Open: Serena Williams is wary of first-round opponent Francesca Schiavone

Last Updated: 27/08/13 9:49am

  • Share:
Serena Williams: Ready for the start of her US Open defence

Serena Williams: Ready for the start of her US Open defence

Sky Bet

Top seed and world No 1 Serena Williams says she doesn't need another grand slam to make this a special year.

"Everything I do from this day forward is a bonus. Everything for me is just extra."
Serena Williams

The 31-year-old recently claimed her eighth WTA title of the season in Toronto, to add to her French Open success.

And now the American is ready for the start of her US Open defence against Italy's 54th-ranked Francesca Schiavone at Flushing Meadows.

"That's the beauty of my career. I don't need to do anything at all," Williams said. "Everything I do from this day forward is a bonus. Everything for me is just extra."

Williams, seeking her 17th major singles crown and her fifth title in New York, has a 5-2 all-time winning record against Schiavone.

However, Williams is wary of her opponent, who is two years her senior, as she opens up her campaign on Arthur Ashe following the opening ceremony.

"It will be a good match," admitted the four-time US Open champion. "She's a really good player. She's a big fighter and she's dangerous."

Williams has also been impressed by the progress made by compatriot Sloane Stephens, who rose to a world ranking career high of 15 in July.

The 20-year-old ousted Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals and could be a possible fourth-round opponent.

"Sloane has had such a good year," said Williams. "She's such a good player and she is so smooth. She just has this game and this confidence that's not easy to get. It's so good to see her doing well."

  • Share:


US Open Tennis 2013 Day 1

Looking up: Laura Robson and British tennis are off to a flyer.

No rushing Meadows

Queueing for outside courts, British success and Luxmbourg fans - Alex Ferguson's at the US Open.

Evans: Impressed with first round win at US Open

Commit to the cause

Dan Evans is starting to fulfil his potential after devoting himself to tennis, says Greg Rusedski.

Serena Williams celebrates a point during her US Open first-round clash against Francesca Schiavone

Williams enjoys opening win

Serena Williams powered into the second round of the US Open after a convincing rout of Francesca Schiavone.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


What we learned

What we learned

Alex Williams attempts to draw some conclusions from the recently completed Wimbledon fortnight.

Legend in the making

Legend in the making

SW19 king Novak Djokovic is well on the way to getting the iconic status he craves, says Barry Cowan.

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

Sky Sports takes another look back at the last week and picks out our best and worst moments.