Serena Williams has already achieved her stated goal of winning a second French Open title this year, but the top-ranked American is still not satisfied with her season despite having more fun than ever on tour.
Six other titles have been won this year by the 31-year-old, but compatriot Sloane Stephens upset her in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and Sabine Lisicki stunned her in the fourth round of Wimbledon.
“You know I’m not there yet with the way my year has gone,” Serena told a small group of reporters at the Rogers Cup where she is the top seed.
“Everybody is like ‘You’ve had a good year and I’m like, who?”
Serena said she is not satisfied unless she wins every big tournament that she enters, particularly the slams which account for 15 of her 53 career titles — a significant percentage.
“That’s me,” she said. “I work really hard to do the best, especially in grand slams.”
This season, however, her form at non-grand slam events has been dazzling, proof that she is as hungry as ever.
From 2005-2010, seven of Serena’s 12 titles came at the grand slams. Since the start of 2011 only three of her 16 crowns came at the majors.
“It’s more or less evening out, but I am okay just winning grand slams,” she said. “What makes tennis beautiful is the small tournaments that make you as a player and make you win the grand slams.”
“I was talking to [my sister] Venus the other day and I said I am never going to stop.
“I just love this sport so much and we were just practicing. It’s just so fun. I’m having more fun than I have ever had.”
Serena thrilled at Hingis’ doubles return
Serena said she was thrilled to see former number one Martina Hingis return to doubles play.
Hingis launched her comeback last week at the Carlsbad Open with her partner Daniela Hantuchova, reaching the second round.
She and Hantuchova will also play in this week’s Rogers Cup.
“It’s great,” said Serena. “She’s so good and has great hands and sees the ball so well and she’s fun. It’s really kind of cool.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2013.
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