“Anyone can be happy with 10, anyone can be complacent and just say, ‘This has been a great journey, it is over.’ But I don’t want that. I don’t want it to stop now.”
So says Serena Williams in this interesting post-Australian Open interview with the Los Angeles Times. Wow, look what happens when the interviewer actually talks to Serena about tennis instead of lip gloss on a rope or whatever! Click here for the full article or read the best nuggets below:
When I remarked that it (Australian Open final against Safina) was one of the fastest Grand Slam finals ever, she stopped me cold:
“Fastest in two years,” she said, just in case I didn’t know that two years ago she’d entered the Australian unseeded, only to overwhelm Maria Sharapova in the final before anyone watching that match could really settle in.
She moved on, telling me that unlike Roger Federer, who says when he is in top form he feels like he is flying, she had a sense of being completely “grounded” against Safina. She described it as being “robot like,” bent on total destruction.
“It feels good,” she said. Then, for emphasis, smiling, but also a tint of competitive juice in her voice: “I did it in 2007 too.”
I hope Maria, Safina et. al. don’t read this! It makes getting to a Major final sound like a date with an electric chair.