Serena Williams explains what she has to do to win the US Open

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Serena Williams explains what she has to do to win the US Open

Serena Williams went straightaway to the press room in Cincinnati after her three-set loss to the Czech Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. The American gave very short answers, it must have been a tough loss but it was still a good performance. 'I think she served a little bit better than I did.

I couldn't hold on to my serve in the end, and I think that made the biggest difference,' Serena said. 'It was a good match today. We both played at a really high level. Only one person could win. I feel like I did better in the longer points, but I feel like she kept it short more than me.

I was looking forward to the longer points, which is not normal, but long points or short points, I like them, so, yeah, it's just getting used to, you know, the pace and everything again.' Speaking about her comeback, Serena added, 'I'm still at the very beginning.

You know this is a long comeback. I just began. I just started. Definitely at the very, very beginning. I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully, I'll start winning more matches.' Asked what will take to her to win her 24th Grand Slam title at the upcoming US Open, Serena added: 'I think I just definitely want to get a more consistent serve, more than anything, and return more consistently.

Basically, my whole game needs to improve.' Commenting on how it felt to play at night under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena said: 'A lot of people love it. I love it. It's an iconic time to play in New York, and I have had some great matches.

I have had some great losses there, but it's all a part of the US Open.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal could make important changes to his long-term schedule