World number one Serena Williams will be looking to create history at the US Open, where she hopes to become the first player in 27 years to complete a calendar Grand Slam.
Williams recently accomplished her second 'Serena Slam' when she won her fourth straight grand slam title at Wimbledon in July. Williams was delighted to have won her first title at the All England Club since 2012, and she revealed that the tournament taught her a vital lesson on how to handle the pressure going into a grand slam.
"I think Wimbledon gave me unbelievable practice for this," Williams told reporters in New York. "At Wimbledon I was going for the second Serena Slam. That is rare.
"So that really gave me the best practice and preparation in terms of going for the Grand Slam."
Should Williams triumph at the US Open, she will become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to complete a calendar Grand Slam. A win at Flushing Meadows will also hand Williams her 22nd grand slam singles title, which will put her level with Graf's tally of grand slam singles titles won, and just two short of all-time leader Margaret Court.
"I always dreamt of winning the US Open," Williams said. "I have always dreamt of winning the Grand Slam. It was just a dream.
"I never thought I would be close to doing something like that. My dream originally was always to win here in New York."
However, even though Williams has become an unstoppable force on the WTA circuit, she refuses to brand herself as the best player ever.
"I can't sit here and say that," she said. "I can sit here and say that I'm the greatest player that I've been able to be. I do read numbers and I do see numbers. I believe in those numbers."
Williams, who is a six-time US Open champion, will begin her campaign against Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko.