The American Serena Williams, came to Roland Garros to try to equal the record of Margaret Court with a 24th Grand Slam title, not yet considering retirement from the sport, has she said Saturday in Paris the day of his 39 years.
“Honestly, I never thought I would play at my age. I mean, I'm not my 39 years old, ”joked the American champion on the eve of the start of the Paris tournament, which she aims to win for the fourth time after 2002, 2013 and 2015.
“I don't know when this will end for me. I'm just having fun. If I feel it's over, it's over, ”added the younger Williams sisters. Her big sister Venus, aged 40, is also engaged at Porte d'Auteuil and could theoretically find her in the round of 16.
Serena Williams, who won 73 titles and racked up $ 93 million in earnings since her professional debut in 1995, has not lifted a grand slam since the 2017 Australian Open, failing in the final four times since.
But his thirst for success remains intact: “I think a semi-final is always great. But is it good for me? Not at all, ”she said, perhaps referring to Margaret Court's record. “I am at a point in my career where I cannot be satisfied.”
After the Australian Open where she climbed to the semi-finals, beaten by the returning Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams made the choice not to play a preliminary tournament on clay, content to prepare in France with the coach Patrick Mouratoglou. “I'm not 100% physically, but I don't know any athlete who feels physically perfect,” she said.
To win in Paris, the American will have an additional opponent: autumn temperatures, consequences of the exceptional postponement of the tournament to the end of September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I hate cold. The cold and me, that's two, ”she said, seeing her“ Achilles heel ”there.
“But I do with it, I take it on the safe side,” she immediately added.