Serena Williams ‘Every Slam title means the world to me’ ahead of the Australian Open

Serena Williams is looking forward to next month’s Australian Open as she hopes to equal the all-time record for most Grand Slam titles.

Williams is currently one behind record-holder Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam titles by a singles player with 23 trophies in her cabinet.

Following the birth of her daughter in 2017, Williams has come close to equaling the record numerous times reaching the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019, but just falling short of her target.

In 2020 she reached the semi-finals of the US Open, making her the first player in history to reach the semifinals of the US Open in four decades: the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.

The 39-year-old, who is currently quarantining in Adelaide ahead of the Australian swing, has her sights set on a successful year ahead and says the Grand Slams mean everything to her now.

“I play right now for Grand Slams and I love to have the opportunity to still be out there and to compete at this level” Williams told The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“It (the Australian Open) was one of my favourite slams growing up. I have so many friends in Melbourne, it’s really nice.

“Every time I win a Grand Slam it means the world to me so they are all really special.”

When asked about the controversial quarantine conditions that have been put on all players who have travelled to Australia, Williams is positive although says it has come with challenges.

“It’s super, super strict, but it’s really good,” Williams said.

“It’s insane and super intense but it’s super good because after that you can have a new normal like we were used to this time last year in the United States.

“It’s definitely hard with a three-year-old to be in the hotel all day, but it’s worth it because you want everyone to be safe at the end of the day.”

Serena Williams will play in a pre-Slam showcase in Adelaide on Friday 29 January against Naomi Osaka before travelling to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

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