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Serena Williams: ‘I honestly never thought I would be playing at 39’

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Turning 39 in this year, Serena Williams became the third player of that age on the WTA rankings list after her sister Venus and Greta Arn. For an even more impressive fact, Serena is still ranked in the top-10, 21 and a half years after reaching the elite group for the first time!

 

 

The American feels great on the court after more than two decades spent on the Tour, enjoying every match and not thinking about the retirement yet. Eager to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Majors, Serena is entering her 18th Roland Garros, opening the campaign against the fellow American Kristie Ahn, seeking the first Parisian title since 2015.

 

 

 

 

Just a couple of days after losing the US Open semi-final to Victoria Azarenka, Serena traveled to France and worked at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, shaping up her game for the first event on clay in 2020. After her first practice sessions at Roland Garros, Serena stated she doesn’t prefer the cold weather, coming from California and living in Florida, but still willing to give her 100%.

Serena Williams is the third-oldest player on the WTA rankings list.

From the third round at the US Open, one of the most decorated players of all time had to endure tough battles against Sloane Stephens, Maria Sakkari and Tsvetlana Pironkova, prevailing in three sets in every of those to remain on the title course.

 

 

 

 

Despite an emphatic start against Azarenka, Serena couldn’t bring the match home from there, failing to set another US Open final against Naomi Osaka like in 2017. “I honestly never thought I would be playing at my age. I mean, I don’t quite look 39. But yeah, I don’t know when it will stop for me; I have fun. When I feel it’s over, it’s over.

But I could have guaranteed and pretty much bet my life that I would not have been playing at 39. In general, I’m a happy, positive person. You have to be excited about each moment that life gives you because you don’t know if it’s going to be your last personally,” Serena Williams said.







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