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Serena Williams’s greatest opponent now is herself, and her nerves

NEW YORK — It’s very wearing, this pursuit of a Grand Slam. Serena Williams is close to fed up with it, the hot late-night matches and tiresome cool downs from another smear job, the monotony of the questions about history, her sister Venus and her place among the all-time greats of tennis, which she greets with an off-with-their-heads expression. Clearly, she has had it up to here with the preliminaries. It’s time to get on with it.