“I’m doing a lot better than this time last year,” she said. “So much better than a couple months ago as well. I also am learning to deal with everything a lot better. If I wake up and I don’t feel great, then I would panic and lose my match 2-1. Now I realize that I just kind of hang in there if I’m not having the best day and still try to get the win.”
Based on the past few weeks, Williams likes her chances at the Open.
“So there are a lot of things that have to fall in place for me, maybe more than other players, but I’m up for the challenge,” she said.
Her sister struggled to make the switch from Wimbledon’s grass, where she won the Olympic singles gold medal as well, to the hard courts.
“I think I’ll be OK just getting that match under my belt,” Serena Williams said. “I had  unforced errors. That’s shocking. It’s unprofessional. Hopefully I can clean up my act for my next match.”