Serena Williams says she and everyone else, for that matter, have had her say about the controversial 2018 US Open final and it is time to move on.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner lost the final at Flushing Meadows against Naomi Osaka, but the match was overshadowed by her run-in with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
Three months later and it remains a hotly debated discussion, but when asked if it is topic she’d like to avoid ahead of the new season, she replied: “I don’t avoid anything. I just don’t have time to talk about that. I talked about it, everyone talked about it for months and months and months and it’s best to move on to bigger and better things.”
Williams made her return to action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
She lost the exhibition match against sister Venus 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 and next up is the Hopman Cup in Perth before she will switch focus to the Australian Open.
“My fitness, I feel like I’m pretty fit,” the American said. “I was running and running and never got tired except for one point but then I got over it in 20 seconds, so I think that was really the highlight for me.”
She added: “(The number 24) has always been significant since I got 22, then 23. It’s something that I clearly want but I have to be able to get there and beat a lot of good players to get it.”
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