“I should have been at 30 or 32 (a singles grand slam title),” Williams told CNN reporter Christian Amanpour.
“I should have had (the record), really, I had so many chances to get it. But I’m not going to give up.”
Williams had to miss January Australian Open Following the advice of her medical team, she announced in December that it wasn’t “the place I should be physically for competition.”
Speaking to Amanpour in Paris, Williams said she would play the French Open in May – the next Grand Slam on the tennis calendar – if her body allowed it.
“Paris is one of my favorite cities, and I really like mud. So we’ll see what happens. I hope my body is firm, I’ll be there for sure.”
Williams’ rise from a young girl learning to play tennis on dilapidated courts in Compton, California, to becoming one of the most successful and accomplished athletes in history is legendary material.
Now immortalized in the Hollywood movie “King Richard” – which was produced by Williams and her executive sister Venus – their father was pivotal to the duo’s development as players.
The film, played by Will Smith, shows how Richard Williams catapulted his daughters to tennis stardom.
Williams is often portrayed as a divisive and eccentric character, and she told CNN how the sisters aim to change the narrative around their father.
“Unfortunately, getting into a new sport where he’s often, you know, White and my dad being such a wicked character, when that just wasn’t right, I just had to deal with that my entire career, from day one to the end, was really important to me. We just have to tell the truth,” she said.
“You know, to be an athlete, especially in one sport, it takes a lot of work, it takes a lot of dedication. And I looked at my daughter and said, ‘Wow, I don’t think I can do what my dad did every day.'” It’s a lot of work. .”
Serena’s older sister Venus paved the way, turning professional one year earlier, winning seven Grand Slam titles so far in her career. Venus is still competing on the tour, at 41 years old.
Initially, Serena lived in the shadow of Venus.
“My sister was so much better than me. I wasn’t very good growing up and so, everyone focused on Venus. And in the movie, it goes into that, how when we had the chance to get better coaches, they saw Venus as the best.”
“So, it was devastating for me…but helpful. Because if it didn’t happen, I wouldn’t have the career I have because I felt I just had to prove it and I just had to win.”
Williams turned to her mother, Orasin Price, who played a crucial but often overlooked role in her success.
“I just had to work with my mum. I couldn’t work with prestigious coaches or anything else. ‘My mum made me mentally tough,'” she added.
Serena, Venus and their father have faced racism throughout their careers, most notably in 2001 in Indian wells.
Asked by Amanpour how they recognized and overcame the racism they experienced as tennis players in a predominantly white sport, Williams replied: “We changed it from being two great Sudanese champions to the all-time best. And that’s what we did. We removed the colour, we became the best.”
“And yes, we had to play harder, we had to be better, but that made us better.
“And at the end of the day, every time we face a challenge and every time we overcome that challenge, we’ve created Venus and Serena.”
Williams also discussed its Serena Ventures venture fund, which this week announced that it has raised $111 million to invest in founders of diverse backgrounds.
“It’s really about diversity,” Williams told Amanpour, explaining that she was spurred into action when she learned that less than 2% of venture capital money goes to women.
“Because of tennis, I have a way of affecting venture capital in a different way and diversify that as well,” she said.
At times, Williams showed anger and indignation at the judges on the court, most famously in the 2018 US Open final that she lost to. Naomi Osaka.
She was heavily criticized and fined over the course of the episode.
I asked Amanpour Williams if she feels there is a double standard in the sport, given that men routinely act on referees, often with impunity.
In response to a recent incident of German player Alexander Zverev, in which he was exposed Hit the referee chair several times “There are absolutely double standards,” Williams said with his racket and was later pulled from the Mexican Open and fined. “I would probably be in jail if I did. Like literally, no joke.”
As she chases Kurt’s record at Grand Slams, Williams also knows that her career will not be determined solely by the number of titles she may win.
Williams, who was interviewed by Amanpour on February 28, said four days after Russia invaded Ukraine.
“Right now, the world is going through such turmoil…When you look at what’s happening in Ukraine and Russia, it’s sad to see,” Williams added.
“Human life … is very valuable, and it does not matter who you are, where you are from, it must be wonderful and valuable.”