Serena Williams confesses what's to blame for defeats in her last four Slam finals

After winning her 23rd Grand Slam title in 2017 January, Williams lost her last four Slam finals.

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Serena Williams confesses what's to blame for defeats in her last four Slam finals
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Serena Williams reveals putting "too much pressure" on herself and "being unable to relax" was to blame for her never again winning a Grand Slam after the 2017 Australian Open as the American tennis icon believes she should have added at least one or even two or three more Slam titles to her astonishing collection. 

In 2017 January, Williams lifted her 23rd Grand Slam title after beating her sister Venus Williams in the Australian Open final. At the time, Williams was 35 years old and just one Grand Slam title away from tying Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slams. 

After Williams gave birth and made her post-pregnancy comeback in 2018 March, it didn't take long before she rediscovered her old level, reaching back-to-back Slams finals at Wimbledon and the US Open. But stunningly, Williams lost both finals after Angelique Kerber beat her in the 2018 Wimbledon final while Naomi Osaka handed her a loss two months later in the US Open final. 

Next year, Williams again reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals. But once again, Williams ended on the losing side after Simona Halep ousted her in the 2019 Wimbledon final while Bianca Andreescu beat her in the US Open final.

Williams: I could have and should have won more Grand Slams 

"I think so. I should have won two or three of those. One I should have lost for sure. I don’t think, even looking back, I could have won at least one of them. But definitely at least two of them I could have won. It was just too much pressure I put on myself, and I couldn’t relax. That sucks. Honestly, it does. But nothing I can do about it now," Williams told The New York Times.

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After losing the 2019 US Open final, Williams had two other deep Slam runs - she was a semifinalist at the 2020 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open.

In the end, Williams didn't manage to accomplish one of her biggest goals and tie or beat Court's all-time Grand Slam record.

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