Serena fearful of 'lady in the mirror'
Williams in 6-1, 6-3 win
Serena Williams believes that her biggest enemy is now herself after brushing aside Victoria Azarenka, the world number three, with such consummate ease in the final of Internazionali BNL d’Italia, 6-1, 6-3.
It was an emphatic, classy display from the American as she extended her incredible winning run to 24 matches.
Although she paid her respects to Azarenka and world number two Maria Sharapova, Williams knows that the French Open is hers to lose after the most convincing run of form in her entire career.
“Whoever I play is my opponent and also the lady in the mirror is the ultimate opponent for me and so cautious and go for every point,” she said.
“Last year I was feeling excellent but didn't do great and this year I am cautious and I want to work hard and stay focused and win every point hard and not slack at all.
“It was the best I moved all week and I feel fit and hopefully I'll stay like this.
“It was close at the start with the first three games over in 20 minutes. It was not easy out there and nothing is every easy but took the opportunity when I had it and I come up with some good shots.”
But Williams is not putting any extra pressure on herself as she heads to Paris, where she has only won once – back in 2002.
“Maybe but I don’t feel any pressure not but in the past I have and I have always said, I have won every Grand Slam and perhaps only once but I don't feel the pressure,” she insisted.
Azarenka paid tribute to her opponent.
“She played a very good match,” the Belarusian said. “But I think that the game was closer that what you see from the score and we had a lot of tight games and she was better in important moments.
“What is means for her I don’t know but she is playing incredible tennis. She is playing at her best level for a year and a half and today she played better than me in some moments.”