Serena Williams hails Tiger Woods’ influence as she continues her US Open run
Serena Williams said “Tiger” and “man” when asked how she would describe the key moments of her US Open campaign.
The tennis star appeared to echo the comments made by Tiger Woods on the same topic, commenting on the impact her husband’s wins at the last three majors has had on the team’s mentality.
Woods, who has now won eight majors, said in September that the effect the wins have had on his team were “man” because it was as if he were the new captain.
Williams said they are “Tiger” because the tournament is “incredible”.
“I think I’ve had a lot of positive energy that has come from winning major tournaments,” Williams said at Thursday’s post-match press conference.
“I think there’s an unbelievable mentality and a lot of positivity when, after [winning] major tournaments, you feel like you can do anything you want to do in life. There’s an energy that you can actually feel at the Olympics now.
“And then to have people who are, you know, just going out and competing and competing and having a great time, it’s like, ‘Wow, I’m not just here to compete.’ I think that’s a great feeling.”
She added: “I think this team that is on our team right now is the best I’ve ever played on a team, that I’m in a situation where you are always playing to win.
“Every single day, every single year, we’re competing to win a tournament and we haven’t won a big tournament yet. But we’re competing with the best, we’re competing with the No 1 team at the moment in the world, we’re competing with who deserves to come here, I’m competing with myself.”
Williams’ win and sister Venus’s loss means the sisters have now gone head-to-head in all three majors of their careers.
Williams said it’s been a “great