Serena Williams has done it all in tennis, but there’s so much more to come. She’s only 22 years old, but will hold the record for the youngest women to win the Wimbledon singles title, after beating Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the finals. Williams is now ready to take her game to another level – she has also reached her first Grand Slam final in over 16 months at the French Open, where she also beat French world number four and 2017 US Open champion Garbine Muguruza. She also made history by becoming the first tennis player to hold the highest-ranking ranking in the world after reaching No. 1 in the previous week. Here, Williams discusses the changes she has made to her game in the past year, along with the one who has made her the best player in the world.
When you win the French Open in your first Grand Slam final, this puts your career on track. What’s one thing you’re focusing on for the rest of your career is to win another Grand Slam?
We’ll come back to that in a second, but to answer the question, my focus is on continuing to learn everything I can on my new game. I’ve been working on it for last six-seven months. I’ve been working with coaches, my dad, my brother and my mom has been teaching me my new game as well as my old game. I mean, every day I train for my game and my health at the same time, so that is my main focus.
Are you changing the way you play now that you are the world No. 1?
Yeah, we are in the same place where we were in when we were No.1, where we are at the peak of our careers. I believe we all had many things to work on before we became world No. 1. We are at the peak right now, and every time we start to work on something new we can be like “oh man I have to learn this move and then I have to learn that move”