‘There’s so many different emotions in finals’ – Serena readies for US Open battle, eyes 24th Grand Slam crown

“There’s so many different emotions in finals,” she explained. “It just brings out so many highs and lows, nerves and expectations. It’s a lot… Obviously there’s a lot of things that I’ve learned in the past, but I just have to go out there, above all, most of all, just stay relaxed.”

“I think being on the court is almost a little bit more relaxing than hanging out with a two-year-old that’s dragging you everywhere,” she joked. “I think that’s kind of been a little helpful.”

Standing between Serena and the ever elusive 24th Grand Slam title will be Bianca Andreescu in the final. One of the most on-fire players of the year, Andreescu has lifted trophies at Indian Wells and Toronto, and owns a 7-0 record against the WTA’s Top 10.

Despite the fact that the teenager was making her main draw debut here, Mouratoglou revealed that he had named Andreescu as one of his dark horse picks to reach the final before the start of the tournament.

“I’m not surprised she’s there. I expected her in final,” Mouratoglou said. “I think she’s going to be No.1 soon. I mean, not too soon but in the future, because she has everything that’s needed to be No.1.

“Like the game’s amazing, I think: the physical, the athleticism, and the mental. She looks incredibly confident. She feels like she’s where she belongs. That’s the impression she gives.”