NEW YORK -- When Serena Williams lost in the first round of the French Open, a stunning, three-set collapse against Virginie Razzano who would say afterward that she was not the better player, Williams was emotionally distraught.
And her reaction to that loss was telling.
Williams, who has an apartment in France, began working with French coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Since that stunning French Open loss, Williams has dropped only 17 games while winning an Olympic gold medal and dropped 19 games in six matches so far at the U.S. Open. Williams won Wimbledon too, in a different way, by persevering through three three-set matches and the loss of 66 games over the fortnight.
"I didn't play great at Wimbledon, and I won," Williams said. "I played better at the Olympics and the U.S. Open."
Williams will aim for her fourth U.S. Open title and 15th major championship Sunday against world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.
Azarenka, a 23-year-old from Belarus who won her first major at the 2012 Australian, has a 1-9 record against Williams and has lost her last seven matches to Williams.