Tennis Superstar, Serena Williams is the cover star for the July 2016 issue of Glamour Magazine. In her Interview, she opened up about being referred to as the World’s greatest athlete, on whether her past relationship with Drake had a negative impact on her career, the legacy she wants to leave behind and more. Read excerpts from Glamour Magazine as you continue…
On whether she’s okay with being called “the world’s greatest athlete.”
Oh my gosh, I don’t know. That’s so hard to say. I try to be the best that I can be every day. I have bad days. I had a bad day the other day. I hit for only, like, 30 minutes, and I stormed off the court. But that was the best I could do on that day. So am I the greatest? I don’t know. I’m the greatest that I can be.
On her past relationship with Drake and whether she feels it’s fair he was blamed for her loss at the 2015 U.S. Open.
No. I don’t think that was fair. I’m the one who’s playing, who’s making mistakes or making winners. I’m not one to blame anyone else for anything. And I don’t think anyone else should either. I played a really good opponent that day. And I wasn’t at my best.
On whether being in her thirties makes tennis harder or easier.
Who says that your thirties is when you’re supposed to be done? I would like to know who made that rule! I was talking to my mom one time, like, “Gosh, I’m 30.” And she’s like, “In your thirties you’re even stronger than in your twenties.” I didn’t believe her, but I have played better in my thirties. And I played pretty well in my twenties, don’t get me wrong! But my consistency is better, my momentum is better, my wins are quicker.
On whether she wants Kids or to start a family of her own.
Yeah. I definitely want to have kids one day. That’s something I’ve always wanted since as long as I could remember. And the older I get, the more I’m like, “I’m too young!” [Laughs.]
On the legacy she wants to leave behind.
I never thought about leaving a tennis legacy. I always thought about leaving a legacy of fulfillment, living out your dreams, and giving back. I’m proud to have opened [two] schools in Africa and one in Jamaica [through the Serena Williams Fund and its partners]. I was given a lot. I was given two parents. That’s already starting above a lot of kids. And then I was given the opportunity to play tennis and parents who supported that. I feel I can give back.