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Serena Williams has enjoyed an incredible 2013 season which has seen her win the French Open for the first time in eleven years and capture her 17th Grand Slam title in New York. However being ranked No.1 in the world means a huge amount to the American and she revealed that regaining the top spot in Doha earlier this year was one of the most emotional moments of the season.
“I played a really tough match,” Williams said, looking back to her dramatic win over Petra Kvitova which clinched her return to the top of the rankings. “I obviously didn’t expect to win that match. I thought, ‘Man, I’m going to have to wait for another time.’”
“I have been through so much the past few years, and I thought if anything it was a great story not only for me but for everyone just to realize that it doesn’t matter what happens to you as a person, that if you just keep going and you just fight again, you can have an opportunity to survive.”
“I feel all those overwhelming emotions, and then to be No. 1 again, it was a great feeling and something I never expected.”
Williams is now just seven Grand Slams short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 and she says that is definitely a goal for her over the next few years.
“That would be amazing,” she smiled. “I’m less than 10 away, so that’s a start, but even if I was at 23 Grand Slams, it would be very hard, with so many wonderful players, especially now. There are so many great new players coming up. Everyone is so young, everyone is so hungry, everyone wants to be the next No. 1. So it’s going to be even tough for me to get to 18. Obviously that’s my goal, but I take it one match at a time.”
Williams is also extremely busy off-court as she re-launches her fashion brand.
“I’m relaunching Aneres,” she said. “That’s been really, really a lot of my focus, and interviewing different designers. I had a designer send in his work recently, a new designer. That’s been exciting. A lot of other business things, as well. I have been really, really busy. Tennis is almost tranquil for me to get out there, and it helps me relax and it makes me calm at this point because I don’t have to worry about all the other stuff going on.”