Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Serena Williams eyes bigger, better things after US Open drama

Serena Williams eyes bigger, better things after US Open drama

"I think we can only go up from here and that's our plan", Venus said after defeating the victor of 23 Grand Slam titles.

As per new rules, returning mothers who have a special ranking would get a seeded position and can be drawn as an "additional seed" at tournaments, meaning they would not have to face a seed in the opening round of a tournament.

Serena Williams has welcomed the extra protection afforded to new mothers when they return to the WTA Tour after giving birth.

In a photo provided by HBO date not provided, Serena Williams holds her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanion Jr., in a scene from the HBO's "Being Serena", a five-part documentary series. And a player can use her special ranking for seeding purposes at WTA events.

Meanwhile, Venus also hailed the new rule and said: "Things are changing as people are realising that you can have a family and still play tournaments".

I think I beat Spirlea in the round before round.

Serena eyes ‘bigger and better things’ after US Open drama
Venus Williams beats Serena in Abu Dhabi exhibition

"I think having gone through the experience myself really opened my eyes up to me and, 'Would I have done it sooner had there been different rule changes?' I don't know", said Williams, who is now No. 16 in the world.

"The championship offers the flawless opportunity to fine-tune my preparations ahead of the Australian Open and I'm really looking forward to competing there again. But I feel like it's just something that's always going to be there and be special and I'm happy that they did it".

The immediate target for Serena is a 24th grand slam title, which would see her equal Margaret Court's record for most major singles titles won by a woman.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion will be in action against sister Venus in Abu Dhabi on Thursday in her first match since September's US Open final defeat by Japan's Naomi Osaka.

She fell short in the final at both Wimbledon and the US Open this year, and is aware she will need to find her best form to get that historic win, with her next opportunity being at the Australian Open in January.

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