Serena Williams hails Tiger Woods’ influence as she continues her US Open run
Serena Williams, a two-time Wimbledon champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist, has praised Tiger Woods for his achievements in women’s tennis.
Speaking to NBC ahead of the US Open final on Sunday, Williams said her life would be different without her husband, Venus Williams, who died in 2013 in a helicopter crash.
Williams has not won a Grand Slam title this year but finished runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki in this week’s Australian Open.
“Tiger, thank you, for having all those records he has now, for all that he accomplishes. He’s a role model for women and he is a man that I just think is a blessing,” she said.
“He’s someone I can look up to and just be inspired by. He’s a very special person that has done so much for women and he’s someone that you can learn from and take inspiration from now. We all want to make our own individual path, but it’s also very interesting how he has influenced so many young women and you can make your own path and be inspired by him.”
Williams, who was born in California but lived in Virginia, has been in good form in this tournament, winning two of her previous three matches at Flushing Meadows.
“I’ve got to learn from her and be a better player and she’s been very good in a lot of my matches this year and she’s been a great player and one that I’m learning from,” she said.
“It’s been hard to play in a few matches over the last couple months, but I feel like I’m starting to come into my own as a player when I play with her.”
Williams also gave an insight into what she expects from her game.
“I’ve just got to know that it’s not always going to be easy. Sometimes it’s going to be very hard, but I’ve just got to know that I’m going to have to do everything I can to the best of my ability to