Serena Williams hails Tiger Woods’ influence as she continues her US Open run
Serena was the highest-rated player in the WTA event on Monday
The tennis world believes Serena Williams’ incredible run at the US Open is driven by the influence of Tiger Woods.
Rival Serena was the highest-rated player in the WTA event on Monday but her victory over Agnieszka Radwanska was overshadowed by the presence of her former friend and rival who has been back in the US after battling cancer for a month.
In an interview with BBC Sport, Serena hit back at Woods, who has been accused of “making things up” about their relationship.
“I’ve always said that my life is my own,” said the 21-time Grand Slam winner. “He’s a great competitor, he’s very talented. I don’t think I took him for granted. We worked very hard together.
“He’s very talented. I’m so grateful that we’re able to work together. It doesn’t matter how many championships he gets, he’s just happy to see me win, because it brings joy to his life. I just don’t put pressure on him.”
Serena is aiming to become the first woman to capture a record nine US Open titles
Woods and WTA chief Lisa Joyce on Monday called for fans to “stop supporting Tiger” after he was accused of making untrue claims about their relationship.
The American is in court fighting charges of fraud, bank fraud and racketeering in New York. He was arrested on June 3 and is due to stand trial.
Meanwhile, Serena’s US Open run continues with her latest victory on Monday when she beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2.
The final match, played in just over two hours, was played at the highest level for both players.
“It’s hard to have that first Grand Slam title for a couple of months and then to have your