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U.S. Open postcard: Unique drill helps Serena Williams capture 18th Grand Slam

Serena Williams reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (AP photo)

New York — Sunday afternoon Serena Williams showed the world why she is No. 1. Her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Catherine Wozniacki demonstrated experience over youth.

I set up drills to simulate the lateral volleys Wozniacki would throw at Serena.

My drill had Serena move laterally for 45 seconds and hit cross-court baseline targets — 17 to 20 — with 20 seconds rest.

My serve-enhancement program, which I introduced to Serena at the U.S. Open, allowed her to come in with first serves in excess of 120 mph on target.

I have my work with two U.S. Army Rangers to thank for this fitness strategy.

Basically, it is sniper school (ground strokes) and calling in air strikes (serves) — except the Rangers play the real game.

Eighteen Grand Slams for Serena and more memories for me.

Coming home Monday.

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