Serena Williams teases return to competitive tennis, says Tom Brady ‘started a really cool trend’ and the NBA’s free-agency window is ‘about to open’
In tennis, you can’t go back. Not unless you’ve gone completely mad, like 18-year-old American tennis pro Serena Williams. If she does, she says, she is ‘going to do it all over again’ with a new attitude toward the sport.
But right now, Williams is still winning when she competes at her home in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. Her first-round victory over world No. 1 Angelique Kerber on Saturday was her 20th straight match at Flushing Meadows, and she has 17 straight in the singles.
“If I had a better coach,” Williams says, “I would be world No. 1 right now. My husband is a very smart man. He’s like, ‘I don’t want you to do this, or that. I’d rather you be yourself and not get caught up in what other people want you to do.'”
Williams, a six-time Grand Slam tournament champion, is in a league of her own now that she has three kids: daughter Bianca, now 11, and twins Brooklyn and Mason, now 8, who are her most famous young tennis fans. And for a while, she was as well. She was winning Grand Slam matches, she played against, among others, Rafael Nadal, Monica Seles and Venus Williams. She took two years off from tennis in 2009, and while there were reports she intended to return to the game, she never did.
Her comeback is on track. One week after her victory at Flushing Meadows on Saturday, Williams beat top-seeded Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to take a set and a match point in the final match of the U.S. Open. Before the match, she said her goal was