Serena Williams has 30 career Grand Slam Titles. Can she make it 31 down under with a singles championship? (Photo : Reuters)
Reigning U.S. Open champion Serena Williams might have revealed the secret to her continuous domination in women's tennis despite playing into her 30s.
The American tennis star admitted she's in love with tennis right now and insisted retirement is still far from her mind, the world's no.1 told USA Today.
Williams, who recently hoisted her 17th women's singles Grand Slam title of her career after pulling off a 7-5, 6(6)-7, 6-1 victory over world's no.2 Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open final, said she's enjoying every moment of another Grand Slam victory and her love affair with tennis could not be much sweeter.
"I'm definitely in love with tennis right now," Williams told USA Today in her post-victory interview.
Williams also added she has no plans of retiring soon despite turning 32 years old on September 26. Serena shattered the record by winning four Grand Slam titles beyond the age of 30, two of which came from French Open and US Open championships this year.
"I haven't thought of a number or age when I'm going to stop," Williams told USA Today. "I can tell you this: I don't see myself retiring anytime soon."
Williams' 17 Grand Slam titles put her just five titles behind tennis legend Steffi Graf's majors tournament haul of 22. Graf and Williams met only twice in their careers with the German taking a round-of-16 victory at the 1999 Sydney Open and the American beating arguably the best women's tennis player in history in the final of the 1999 Indian Wells Open.
When asked if her latest achievement measured up to her feat in 2002 (winning three of the four available Grand Slam titles), Williams said she felt good about her latest Grand Slam run, but it could have been better if she bagged three titles.
"No, it definitely feels good, but it doesn't feel as good because I only have two. If I had three it would probably feel better, but I do have lots of other titles. But three is more than two," Williams added.