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Self-doubt creeps in, but Serena Williams battles through

Self-doubt creeps in, but Serena Williams battles through

Serena Williams’ chest heaved between points. Her footwork wasn’t quite right. Miscue followed miscue, until she was a set and a break down in the French Open quarterfinals.

And as she so often does, Williams came through when she needed to Thursday, moving closer to a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title by figuring out a way to defeat Yulia Putintseva, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

“I kept missing. Just misfiring. Honestly, at one point I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel,” the defending champion said. “I guess I was not the most positive mentally, but obviously I didn’t want to stop.”

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