- Serena Williams has advanced to the third round of the US Open, her last Grand Slam appearance after announcing her retirement.
- After the win, a reporter asked Serena if she was surprised by her own impressive performance.
- The tennis star responded with, “I’m just Serena.”
Serena Williams knows who she is and what she’s capable of.
After you said Fashion that she is retiring, Williams is letting the world know it’s not due to a lack of talent – just look at her performance at the US Open. But during a recent interview following her second-round win earlier this week, Williams was met with an off-court surprise.
In an interview after the game, a reporter asked her an interesting question: “Are you surprised at yourself at your current level?” The reporter posed. And boy, Williams clapped back.
At first, she seemed to play out the startling question as if she hadn’t heard it properly, saying, “What?” Then, when the reporter repeated the question, Williams just smiled with a laugh and replied, “I mean… I’m just Serena, you know.” She.”
When questioned by the reporter, the tennis star continued to respond with confident replies: “Well, I’m a pretty good player. I can do that best. I love a challenge and I love taking on a challenge,” she said. “I haven’t played many matches [recently] but I’ve been training really well… and it’s been really good for the last couple of matches here in New York.”
Then, gesturing to the crowd, she said, “Maybe I should have traveled with all of you all these years!” This wasn’t the first comment she made about her supportive fans who attended her recent games. The thunderous applause at every game for Williams was deafening and came from the star-studded stands.
After video of the post-game interview went viral, fans rallied behind Williams — because a woman should know their worth, just like the tennis pro teaches us. On the US Open Instagram post alone, the comments section was filled with many of the same responses, including remarks like, “What a stupid question!” wrote one fan. Another commented, “She doesn’t have to prove anything… she’s just Serena.” And of course, too many goat emojis (referring to the greatest of all time – GOAT) and comments to count.
Williams is, after all, one of the greatest tennis players of all time – maybe even the greatest athlete of all time, period. With 23 Grand Slam titles under her racquet, as well as a slew of Olympic medals, no one should be surprised by her performance.
And Williams has been vocal about her success. In a first person account published in Vogue September 2022 edition, said the mom and Olympian: “I should have had 30+ Grand Slams. I had my chances after coming back from childbirth. I went from a cesarean to a second pulmonary embolism to a Grand Slam final,” she recalled, referring to her epic comeback after welcoming her daughter. Olympiain 2017.
“I played while breastfeeding. I went through postpartum depression. But I didn’t get there. Should, would, could. I didn’t show up like I should or could have. But I showed up 23 times, and that’s fine. Actually, it’s extraordinary. But these days when I have to choose between building my tennis resume and building my family, I choose the latter.”
Unfortunately, this is a decision that too many moms have to make. By the way, she doesn’t like the “R word” – retirement. “I’m evolving away from tennis towards other things that are important to me,” Williams said Fashion. “A few years ago, I quietly founded Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Shortly thereafter I started a family. I want to enlarge this family.”
Fans can next see Williams on the pitch with her sister. VenusAs the pair prepare to compete in doubles on Friday, Williams will face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanović in her third-round match.
So will the GOAT finish strong in their final matches? We know we’ll be cheering for them!
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