MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams definitely doesn’t want to talk about the No. 23. She doesn’t really want to think about planning a wedding, either, while she’s pursuing a Grand Slam record.
Newly engaged Williams brushed off concerns about the 88 unforced errors she had in a loss in New Zealand last week in her only warmup tournament ahead of the Australian Open, which starts Monday and where she’s aiming for Open-era record 23rd major title.
“I’ve moved on,” she said. “I’m feeling relaxed, calm, ready and poised.”
Williams responded to questions about milestone achievements last year when she had 21 Grand Slam titles, and it didn’t help — she lost the final here to Angelique Kerber and to Garbine Muguruza at the French Open before winning Wimbledon to equal Steffi Graf’s Open era mark of 22. She’s being more superstitious this time.
“I’m not talking about that,” Williams, a six-time Australian Open winner, said as she shut down questions during a promotional…