Serena sets sights on New York glory
Three-time winner Serena Williams says she feels no pressure going into the 2012 Women's US Open in New York City.
The American has swept aside all who stood before her since a shock early exit at the French Open, winning a fifth Wimbledon title and returning to SW19 to take Gold medal in the singles and doubles at the London Olympics.
The 30-year-old lost just 17 games in six matches in the singles competition and her 6-0 6-1 demolition of Maria Sharapova in the final was a demonstration of brute force.
Now, the Florida resident heads to Flushing Meadows in Queens desperate for a first Grand Slam win on American soil since 2008 and intent on going one better than her defeat to Sam Stosur in the final last year.
The 14-times Grand Slam champion, who is seeded fourth, said: "You've got to embrace it whether you're the favourite or the one to beat or whether you are not.
"And I embrace it. In Wimbledon I wasn't the favourite, I embraced that. Hopefully I can do my best here."