Who would have thought being a legend could be difficult too?! But believe it or not, it is. Serena Williams, one of the greatest women tennis players, explains how being at such a high stature can be problematic.
The 23-time grand slam champion accepts that her perfectionist nature has led to her having lower confidence. She has set the bar for herself so high that it sometimes results in dissatisfaction.
“I have put so much perfectionist into my habits that, if it’s not perfect, then it’s not enough for me,” Serena said after her first round,7-6 (7-2), 6-0 win at the French Open.
“My Level of Greatness Is Sometimes Crazy High”- Serena
Williams, aiming to win her 24th slam title and equal Margaret Court’s record for the most Grand slam singles titles, won the first round at the French Open 2020.
But just winning was not enough for the 39-year-old. How she won, it was. Serena made 28 unforced errors in the opening set of the match against Kristie Ahn but went on to win it anyways.
“That is something I have been working on. I feel like I was able to get over that in the past couple of months. So, I feel like that has been what I needed just to understand that my level of greatness is sometimes crazy high, and a win is a win.”, Serena said.
The second set win for her was a complete opposite as she won by 6-0. The only difference in the game she felt was the difference in her confidence levels. As soon as Williams realized this, she went on to play with full confidence and put her Serena magic into the game!
“The biggest difference was just confidence,” she said. “I just need to play with more confidence, like I’m Serena. So that was it. I just started playing like that. And I love the clay, and I started playing like it, opening the court and moving and sliding.”, Junior Williams explained.
Williams will be playing against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.