Williams still 'competitive' despite Halep defeat
Serena Williams feels she is still a force to be reckoned with in women's tennis despite losing her third consecutive Grand Slam final.
The 37-year-old won the 2017 Australian Open before taking a year off to have her first child but returned to reach the 2018 Wimbledon final, losing to Germany's Angelique Kerber.
The American also made it to the US Open final last year but fell in straight sets to Japan's Naomi Osaka in an ill-tempered and controversial encounter at Flushing Meadows.
Saturday's crushing 6-2 6-2 loss to Simona Halep at SW19 means the Florida resident's search for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam triumph goes on although she insists it is not her main goal.
"Someone told me I shouldn't look at the records, I should just focus on my game," she told reporters. "That's what I've been doing since I got to 18."
The seven-time Wimbledon champion will now turn her attention to the hard-court season and the final Slam of the year in New York, suggesting that it would be folly to write her off despite a hat-trick of final failures.
"I feel like I'm still incredibly competitive or else I wouldn't really be out here," she added. "For the most part, I feel like I'm on the right track. I'm just going in the right direction in terms of getting back to where I need to be."
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