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.

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

Andy Murray to practice with Novak Djokovic, although Roland Garros plans remain unclear

Andy Murray has revealed he will practice with world number one Novak Djokovic ahead of his latest comeback bid.Murray suffered what he described as...

‘I’m surprised to be in the Madrid semi-finals,’ says Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem says he is pleasantly surprised by his own performance in Madrid and that 'everything is working quite well' as he reaches semi-finals.The...

‘Ashleigh Barty is looking unstoppable,’ says Annabel Croft

Ashleigh Barty plays without fear and is looking unstoppable says Annabel Croft ahead of the Madrid Masters final on Saturday.Barty will take on Aryna...

‘I know I can do it,’ says Alexander Zverev on Dominic Thiem rematch

Alexander Zverev has admitted that he will have his last defeat to Dominic Thiem in mind when he faces him in the Madrid semi-final...

Rafael Nadal: ‘In the moments of truth, I have done everything wrong’

Rafael Nadal said he did 'everything wrong' in his Madrid Masters defeat to Alexander Zverev, and he is not very happy about it.Nadal was...

‘Beating Rafael Nadal in his house is incredible,’ says Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev outclassed Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters before declaring it one of the biggest wins of his career.The German came into the...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here