July 4, 2009

Post-Match Presser: They asked, Serena answered

Q. How hard is it for you to beat your sister? And do you think you'll be able to cheer her up with a doubles victory later on?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It definitely wasn't easy. First of all, she's a great player, especially on this surface, especially out there on that court. Also she's my sister, someone that I want to see win and do well at all times.

Q. What do 11 major titles mean to you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, it's unbelievable. Like I just feel really good. I feel like now I'm just not even in a competition of how many I can win. It's just now I'm looking at the next goal of someone like Billie Jean King, who is completely my idol. To get to her level and have 12 would be even better.

Q. How much of a motivation is it for you to try and regain the world No. 1 ranking?

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I'm not super motivated. I think if you hold three Grand Slam titles maybe you should be No. 1, but not on the WTA Tour obviously, so...You know, my motivation is maybe just to win another Grand Slam and stay No. 2, I guess (laughter).

Q. Does that disappoint you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No. If it did, I would go crazy just thinking about it. I think anyone really could. That's just shocking. But whatever. It is what it is. I'd rather definitely be No. 2 and hold three Grand Slams in the past year than be No. 1 and not have any.

Q. Do you see yourself as No. 1?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I see myself as No. 2. That's where I am. I think Dinara did a great job to get to No. 1. She won Rome and Madrid (laughter).


John Schranz said...

The number one spot will be yours if you act like a true ambassador to tennis and dont just turn down important tournaments. I'm sorry but if I decided not to turn up to work to go and do other things then I would have no right to expect to be promoted. In a way its the same here too. Respect the game and you competitors.

Anonymous said...

You have no idea what you're talking about, since Serena has been playing by far a heavier schedule than ever before in her career. You are spouting ignorant nonsense without even bothering to do two minutes' worth of research.

It is also mathematically proven that she could have won 3 or 4 more tournaments and still been ranked #2. The ranking system quite simply does not reflect the actual importance of her wins. This nonsense has been going on for years, going back to when Martina Hingis held the #1 ranking for endless weeks when it was clear she was no longer the best player.

At this point, I seriously think the WTA should just stop counting majors in the rankings at all, since they will never give them the weight they should have.