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‘In a New York Minute’ with… Serena Williams

Serena Williams in action during her 6-0, 6-3 victory against Li Na in their semifinal match on Day 12 at the 2013 US Open.
By Sandra Harwitt
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Serena Williams has won the US Open four times (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012) and has finished runner-up in New York twice (2001, 2011). The 16-time Grand Slam champion will be playing in her third straight US Open final this afternoon against No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of last year’s final. She enters the final with a 66-4 record and with eight titles under her belt this year. Having won the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge, she has the chance to receive $3.6 million in prize money if she captures the title.

Serena recently answered questions in the latest installment of “In a New York Minute.” Find out which player she'd want as a New York tour guide, her favorite shopping spot, what Broadway shows she’s attended and much more. Which fellow player would you rely on to be your New York tour guide?

Serena Williams: James Blake, of course. He’s kind of from New York. Have you ever had any interesting New York subway experiences?

Serena Williams: You know, I’ve never, never used the subway. I’ve never been on it. Maybe I’ll have James take me on it. Where is your favorite shopping area in New York?

Serena Williams: Gosh, I think I like Madison Avenue the best. I love Christian Louboutin. It’s in the 80s. I don’t do a lot of shopping when I’m in New York – at least I try not to. A Mets fan or a Yankees fan?

Serena Williams: I don’t really follow baseball, so I can’t answer that. I’m a hard-core football fan. I’m a Giants fan. Well, I’m a Dolphins fan (a minority owner), but I definitely am a Giants fan because of Eli (Manning). Do you have a favorite celebrity you’ve seen at the US Open or in the city?

Serena Williams: Hmmm… that’s a good question. I never get to meet them, really. I think Anita Baker. One time I did meet her at the Open. Do you like going to Broadway shows?

Serena Williams: Yes, I do a lot of Broadway shows. I did “American Idiot” a few times. I did “Mary Poppins,” which was actually excellent. I’ve done “Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” I try to do all the Broadway shows. That’s where I spend a lot of time. Which other player would you take to hang out with in Central Park and visit the zoo?

Serena Williams: I would take Jamie Hampton. She seems like she would be into going to Central Park and the zoo. Do you have any favorite restaurants in the city?

Serena Williams: Bagatelle. It’s downtown. Which tennis player would you buy a hotdog from off of a street cart in Manhattan?

Serena Williams: Venus because I trust her. I don’t buy food off the carts.