Xinhua News Agency, Paris, September 26 (Reporter Xiao Yazhuo) How long is the peak period of the American tennis star Serena Williams' career? There is an interesting fact. Among the top 10 seeded women's singles in the French Open this year, apart from Serena, the oldest is Kvitova and the youngest is the new Australian Open champion Corning. When Serena won the Grand Slam for the first time in 1999, Corning was still under one year old and Kvitova was just nine years old.
However, 21 years later, when he came to Roland Garros, no one would doubt that Serena is still one of the favorites to win.
"To be honest, I never thought I could be 39 years old. In fact, I don't look like 39 years old (laughs). But I don't know when I will stop. I can still feel the game. It’s fun, maybe when I really think it’s time, I will choose to retire.” Serena said at the pre-match press conference of this French Open on the 26th. That day happened to be her 39th birthday.
Since winning his 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2017, Serena Williams is just one step away from the 24 Grand Slam titles of legendary Australian Margaret Court. Although in the past three years, Serena has also made many Grand Slam finals, but has not been able to go further.
In the US Open that ended earlier this month, Serena lost to Azarenka in the semifinals and missed the final. For Serena, this is not a satisfactory result.
"It's true that reaching the semifinals is a good result. But for me, it's not enough. I have always felt this way, and I'm very grateful that I have been thinking this way." Serena said.
Despite having an apartment of his own in Paris, according to the epidemic prevention and control requirements of the organizing committee of the competition, Serena still stayed in a hotel designated by the organizing committee. In addition, this year's competition was postponed for 4 months and it was held in the autumn for the first time. For all players, this will be a somewhat strange French Open.
"It's really different from previous years. I can't live in my own apartment, but this is what we have to do to control the epidemic." Serena said, "I am a very optimistic and positive person, and this character is also It really helped me a lot. What happened this year tells us that there will always be unexpected things in life. Nothing is absolute. The only thing you can do is to face it positively and optimistically when it happens."
At this French Open, Serena's opponent in the first round will be Christian Ann, also from the United States and currently ranked 101st in the world.