Transcript for Serena Williams Seeks to Make History at US Open
U.s. Open kicks off this morning right here in New York. On the women's side, it's all about Serena. Looking to become the first pl player to win a grand slam since 1988. Robin sat down with her for this espn/abc exclusive. Take a look. Serena Williams. Reporter: She's queen of the grand slam. Superstar Serena Williams. The number one tennis player in the world. Back to defend her U.S. Open crown. So how do you keep it all together as you get closer and closer to the start of the open? Actually, it's really easy. I don't feel pressure to win here. I feel like I want to win here. More than probably anybody. But at the same time, I don't feel that pressure. I felt a loft pressure in wimbledon, going for the Serena slam. Getting that four in a row. That was interesting. Why was that more pressure than going for "The" grand slam? I think it was the pressure I put on myself. I learned not to put that pressure on myself. Relax and do what I can do and to work hard and to win if I can. Mentally or physically, at this point in your career, what is more of a challenge for you? On the court? That's a really good one. Um -- gosh. I don't know. I want to say -- I have to say mental. I mean, just to stay in there. You know, two hours, 2 1/2 hours. Can sometimes be tough. I was there when you won the first one. Came on "Good morning America." It's really exciting. I went out and made history. The first african-american to win, I think in 41 years. Do you ever take a step back and see where you are and go, man, what a journey? Sometimes I do. I'll look at pictures. Me winning the first open. I remember it like it was yesterday. That -- I remember thinking, I'm just not going to miss on this shot. I'm not going to miss. I don't care if I have to hit 100 balls, I'm not missing. Just remembering that moment of holding the trophy. It was everything to me. Reporter: Though much celebrated, the 33-year-old athlete, who recently earned her second Serena slam, winning four grand slam tournaments in a row, she's been the victim of body-shaming comments. You embraced it and said this is my body. Yeah. Reporter: I saw the picture on instagram in the bathroom. Look back at it. Reporter: Yeah, is that your way of saying, this is me? It's me. I love me. I learned to love me. And I've been like this my whole life. I embrace me. And I love how I look. I love that I am a full woman and I'm strong and I'm powerful and I'm beautiful at the same time. There's nothing wrong with that. It's so important to look at the positives. If I get caught up looking at the negatives, it can bring you down. I just -- don't have time to be brought down. I have too many things to do. I have grand slams to win. People to -- inspire. And that's what I'm here for. Reporter: Speaking of that. New York magazine. Those pictures were slamming. Sit fun for you to be able to show that side of you? That we all don't always get to see? Yes. It's really fun. It was the photographer's idea. I can't take credit. He said, I saw a picture on your instagram of you in the air doing the split. He said, I want to re-create that. I was like, really? It was fun. I do a loft things off the course. Reporter: There's no acing Serena talk about her private life. Especially concerning recent rumors of a mixed doubles partner off the court. We love to look in your box and see people. Anybody that we might -- might recognize other than family that will be in your box at the open? Venus. Patrick, my coach has been great. We'll see. Robin. Reporter: I tried my best. You did. Reporter: That was good, you have to admit. It was a good one. It was a good one. Good try, robin. She seems to be in a good place. She does. She exudes a positive energy. I think she plays tonight. It all starts today. Coverage of the first round starts at 1:00 on ESPN. 7:00 P.M. On espn2. When we come back, one
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