By Sunday Akintoye
Serena Williams is heading to France to resume her pursuit of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title on the clay courts at the French Open.
And she has just two weeks to shake off the disappointment of a semi-final loss in the U.S. Open on Thursday.
The American great has remained one title behind Margaret Court’s all-time record since bagging her 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy at the Australian Open in January 2017.
Williams has lost four Grand Slam finals since returning to the circuit in 2018 following the birth of her daughter.
She once again fell short on Thursday when she bowed out to Victoria Azarenka with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 defeat in the U.S. Open semi-finals.
“I don’t know. I mean, it’s obviously disappointing,” Williams told reporters, before confirming that she would participate in the French Open.
“At the same time I did what I could today. I feel like other times I’ve been close and I could have done better. Today I felt like I gave a lot.”
Many pundits have said she might be running out of time to win a Grand Slam again
It was definitely not getting any easier for Williams.The American will turn 39 a day before the main draw kicks off in Paris on her least rewarding surface where she won her third and last title in 2015.