Serena: I’m playing some of my best tennis

by: Matt Cronin January 06, 2013

Serena Williams, who has won 35 of her last 36 matches and is coming off a title at the Brisbane International, says she is peaking ahead of the Aussie Open. Williams has won the last two majors, as well as the 2012 Olympic singles gold medal and the 2012 WTA Championships. She is in search of her sixth Australian Open crown.

“I was looking at a lot of old matches on YouTube, and I feel like right now I’m playing some of my best tennis,” the 31-year-old said. “I feel like I want to do better and play better still, and I’ve always felt like I could play better. I really think starting in 2011, the summer, I really started being more calm on the court and just relaxing more, if it’s possible for me to relax. That whole summer where I won a few tournaments and got to the final of the [U.S.] Open, I was just trying to be calm. I feel better when I’m more calm. When I’m crazy like I was in Paris [when she lost in the first round of Roland Garros to Virginie Razzano], as you can see, it doesn’t do great for me.”

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