Serena Williams has reacted to recent criticism by clearly declaring the reason for her longevity and success. The 38-year old tennis legend stated hard work to be the key factor behind her fruitful career.
“A lot of players or a lot of coaches tell me that Serena is so lucky. She doesn’t train. She just shows up and wins matches. God, if I could do that, I would. Oh, I would do it. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I think the older you get, the more fit you have to get to continue competing. I’m excited about it because I love being fit,” Serena Williams said.
Serena Williams: “The older I get, the better I serve”
The American admitted that age did help her to improve her serve.
“The older I get, the better I serve, I feel, and the more ‑ not I rely on it ‑ but the more I like to hit aces. But in my whole career, I’ve hit a lot of aces throughout the tournaments and stuff,” she said.
“I don’t know how it got better. I really don’t know. It’s not like I go home and I work on baskets and baskets of serves. Maybe it’s a natural shot for me.”
Serena was also asked to name a loss during her career which helped her learn the most.
“In 1998 I played Sanchez in the French Open, and I really believe I should have won that match. I was up, and I didn’t take a chance. That’s life in general. Sometimes you have to take chances,” Williams finished.