Serena Williams. “I should have been 30 or 32 years old” Grand Slam singles titles.

“I should have been 30 or 32 years old (Grand Slam singles titles),” Williams told CNN’s Christian Amanpour.

“I should have had it (the record), really, I had a lot of opportunities to have it. But I will not give up. “

Speaking to Amanpour in Paris, Williams said he would play in the French Open in May, the next Grand Slam on the tennis calendar, if his body allowed.

“Paris is one of my favorite cities. I really like clay. So we’ll see what happens. I hope that if my body endures, I will definitely be there. ”

Williams is playing in the 2021 French Open.

Changing the story

The rise of Williams, from a young girl who learned to play tennis on the dilapidated courts of Compton, California, to become one of the most successful and award-winning athletes in history, is the subject of legend.

In the now immortal Hollywood film “King Richard”, produced by Williams and his sister Venus, their father played a key role in the development of the duo.

The film, starring Will Smith, shows how Richard Williams made his daughters tennis stars.

Serena Williams hugs her father Richard after winning Wimbledon in 2012.

Often portrayed as a divisive eccentric, Williams told CNN how the sisters intended to change the story of their father.

“Unfortunately, entering a new sport, where it’s mostly, you know, White, my dad has this villain, when it wasn’t right, I just have to deal with it my whole career, from day one to the end. “It was very important for us just to tell the truth,” he said.

“You know, to be an athlete, especially in sports alone, you need a lot of work, it requires a lot of dedication, I look at my daughter and say. “Wow, I do not think so. I could do what my father did every day. ” It’s a lot of work. “

Serena’s older sister, Venus, paved the way for her career a year earlier, winning seven Grand Slam singles titles so far in her career. Venus is still 41 years old!

At first, Serena lived in the shadow of Venus.

“My sister was much better than me. I did not grow up very well. And so everyone was focused on Venus. And in the film it is about how, when we had the opportunity to have better coaches, they saw that. Venus was one.

“And so it was destructive to me … but useful. “Because if it did not happen, I would not have the career I have, because I felt I just had to prove it, I just had to win.”

Serena և Venus attended the premiere of Warner Bros.

Williams turned to his mother, Orasen Price, who played a critical but often overlooked role in his success.

“I just had to work with my mom. I could not work with reputable coaches or anything. “And my mother made me mentally tough,” he added.

“We have to be better”

Serena and Venus և their father fought against racism during their careers, especially in 2001 in Indian Wells.

Asked by Amanpour how they perceive and overcome the racism they experienced as tennis players, mainly in white sports, Williams answered: took out the color, և we just became the best.

“And yes, we should have played stronger, we should have been better, but that made us better.

“And in the end, every time we faced a challenge, every time we overcame that challenge, we created Venus and Serena.”

Williams also discussed his venture fund, Serena Ventures, which announced this week that it had raised $ 111 million to invest in founders of various backgrounds.

“It’s really about diversity,” Williams told Amanpour, explaining that he was pushed to work when he learned that women make up less than 2% of all venture capital.

“Because of tennis, I have the opportunity to influence the VC in a different way, as well as to diversify it,” he said.

Venus (L) defeated her sister Serena in the 2008 Wimbledon All-Williams final.

Double standards

At times, Williams vented his anger on the referees on the court, most notably in the 2018 US Open final, where he lost to Naomi Osaka.

He was severely criticized and fined for that episode.

Amanpour asked Williams if he thought there were double standards in the sport, given that men usually play referees, often with impunity.

Williams argues with referee Carlos Ramos during the 2018 US Open final match against Osaka.
Responding to a recent incident involving German player Alexander Zver, when he hit the referee’s bench several times with his racket, then was removed from the Mexican Open and fined, Williams said: “There are absolutely double standards. prison if I did that. As literally, no joke. “

And as he pursues Courtesy’s Grand Slam record, Williams realizes that his career’s life will not be decided by how many titles he can win.

“I am what I am, I love what I am. “I love the impact I have had on people, which I continue to have on people,” said Williams, whom Amanpour interviewed on February 28, four days after Russia’s invasion. Ukraine.

“Now the world is in such turmoil … when you look at what is happening in Ukraine and Russia, it is just sad to see it,” Williams added.

“Human life … is so precious, no matter who you are or where you come from, it must be amazingly valuable.”

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