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Serena feels no pressure

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Serena Williams says she is not feeling the pressure as she bids to complete a grand slam set by winning the US Open. 

Victory at Flushing Meadows would see Williams, who has already triumphed at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2015, become the first female player to complete this feat since Steffi Graf in 1988.

And she would become only the fourth woman in history to achieve it, while also drawing level with Graf's 22 grand slam titles and two short of Margaret Court's all-time best of 24. 

Yet Williams said: "I don't feel that fresh pressure. If I make it far then maybe I will but, as of now, I really don't feel any. I'm just here to perform and to do the best I can.

"I always feel there's another record, then there's always another person to catch up with or to pass. I never really thought I would be in this position where I would even be talking about records, passing Steffi Graf or even mentioning Margaret Court.

"I just grew up trying to be the best I could and do the best I could. I worked really hard for everything so to even be mentioned in that conversation is great."

Williams has beaten top opponents this year including Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and her sister Venus, but suffered a surprise defeat in Toronto to talented Swiss Belinda Bencic.

"Wimbledon gave me unbelievable practice for this," Williams added.

"At Wimbledon I was going for the second Serena Slam (holding all four grand slam titles at the same time). That is rare. So that really gave me the best practice and preparation in terms of going for the Grand Slam."

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