Serena: More relaxed with winning streak over

by: Matt Cronin August 19, 2013

AP Photo

Victoria Azarenka snapped Serena Williams' 14-match winning streak with her victory in the Cincinnati final, and the American sounds relieved that the run is over.

“It makes me more relaxed and almost happy that I lost because now I don’t have to worry about every day someone asking me about some silly winning streak,” she told reporters. “So maybe it was for the best.”

Even though she has beaten Williams in their last two finals on outdoor hard courts, No. 2 Azarenka would not declare herself as the player to beat at the U.S. Open.

"I will not be a favorite," Azarenka said. "We're in the United States, and Serena is No. 1 in the world, a great champion, the defending champion, so I still think that she's going to be a favorite there. Second favorite, third favorite, I don't care about that. But this is a great boost of confidence."

More Stories

Agnieszka Radwanska wins 19th career title in New Haven without losing a set

The top seed defeated Elina Svitolina, 6-1, 7-6 (3).

At Puerto Rico parade, gold medalist Monica Puig saw island's hope

''I really hope I gave them a lot of confidence moving forward,'' she said about her nation.