With her four Wimbledon singles titles and 27 Grand Slam victories, she is one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time.
But Serena Williams confessed yesterday that has never liked sport.
And she’s not even very enamoured with tennis.
Shock revelation: In an extraordinary outburst, Serena Williams, 30, pictured yesterday, said she'd much rather be shopping
In an extraordinary outburst, the 30-year-old American star said she’d much rather be shopping.
‘I just want to be able to do the other things that I’m doing and expand on that. I think that helps keep my motivation up,’ she explained.
Williams took the last four months of last year off to concentrate on some of her other, presumably more captivating, ventures, like creating her own fashion line, acting, studying and, well, just sitting around.
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She was back in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday with an impressive two sets comeback win. But she admitted afterwards she is already planning on cutting down on the number of games she plays this year.
‘I mean I don’t love tennis today, but I’m here, and I can’t live without it, so I’m still here and I don’t want to go anywhere any time soon,’ she told reporters at the post-match press conference.
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‘It’s not that I’ve fallen out of love – I’ve actually never liked sports, and I never understood how I became an athlete. I don’t like working out, I don’t like anything that has to do with working physically.
‘If it involves sitting down or shopping, I’m excellent at it,’ she added.
Williams, who has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles and has career earnings of over £22million , didn’t even really want to talk about tennis.
‘I’m doing a lot of producing,’ she said. ‘I’m still working on my acting, but more on production and writing. Gosh, what else am I doing? I’m in school, and there’s something else that I can’t remember -- I’m doing so many things.’
Williams, who has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles and has career earnings of over £22million, didn't even really want to talk about tennis to reporters
She’s also spending more time on her part-share in the Miami Dolphins American Football team.
‘So, a lot of business stuff that’s really interesting and really cool. Oh, my clothing line. I’m trying to do more with that.’
Is this all to preparer her for life after tennis, she was asked.
'No. I’ve always been preparing myself for life after tennis. I’ve actually never played a lot,’ she added.
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