Serena Ready To Be No. 1 Again – No apologies for comments at US Open

Serena Williams at Moscow Kremlin Cup

“What souvenirs did your sister Venus ask you to bring from Moscow?”

“Just the trophy.”

At a press conference in Moscow, eight-times grand slam champion Serena Williams said she was extremely motivated and was ready to reclaim the world’s number one ranking.

“I definitely think I’m ready for it. I’m ready to dedicate myself. I’m excited by the fact that I have so much motivation.

That’s why I was so upset at the U.S. Open. I’m really motivated now, my whole attitude has changed.”

[…] If I didn’t believe I could be number one again I wouldn’t be out here trying. Will I? If I dedicate myself and do the work, I will. And I’m ready. But I’m not going to stop doing what I do. I’m stubborn. That’s a flaw that I have.”

While she accepted that she was very frustrated after the loss at the U.S. Open, she didn’t offer any apologies.

“I want to know what I said that was such a problem.” “It was what it was.”

A lot has been said and discussed about Serena’s attitude during the post-match press conference after losing to Justine Henin. What I really disliked is when she said “I really don’t feel like talking about it, to be honest. It’s like I don’t want to get fined. That’s the only reason I came (laughter). I can’t afford to pay the fines because I keep losing.” You hear these words and then you see Serena’s HP commercial on TV, reflect on her nearly 18 million dollar career prize money, (and I am not talking about the endorsements) and something seems to be wrong.

As Bill Dwyre said in LA Times:

“She has been No. 1, won eight major tournaments, been the toast of the town and a nation of tennis fans who have loved her and embraced her from the start, despite her general self-centered attitude and dismissive nature toward opponents.

She knows the media is the messenger and she knows it will send one. Tuesday night’s message, in a nutshell: Serena Williams lost a tennis match and acted like a baby afterward. Maybe somebody can spare an extra pacifier.

She is a public figure. This is not new to her, nor can it be lost on her. The nearly $18 million she has won is from the public doles: sponsors who sell their goods to an interested public; television that exists on the advertising that spurs the public to buy; people who buy tickets to come out and watch.”

Read the full article Serena Doesn’t Handle Losing With Grace.

(Source: ESPN, Photo: Tennis and Business)

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4 thoughts on “Serena Ready To Be No. 1 Again – No apologies for comments at US Open

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  2. mary dein

    I guess you bored with Maria Sharapova so now
    with nothing else to write about its dump on
    Serena time again! The only thing that I don’t
    understand is when it come to JMac it’s ok to
    ake like a baby and insult everyone in fact you
    people lap it up like it was ice cream but let
    one of the Williams sister not half as much and
    you make demons out of them!!!

  3. Nina

    Mary,

    Serena is not just a tennis star, she is a much loved and respected superstar in the world, therefore she gets more attention (also more money) and hence more criticism for her behavior and words. In today’s information age, players need to be more careful for their words since they can end up on blogs and video sites and stay there forever. JMac was lucky that there were no blogs and YouTube back then otherwise I am sure he would have recieved his share of criticism as well.

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