July 29, 2015

Notes and Quotes from Miami – The Two Serenas


Serena photo © Enrique Fernandez for Tennis Panorama

Serena photo © Enrique Fernandez for Tennis Panorama

(March 25, 2013) Serena Williams escaped a major challenge from Dominika Cibulkova on Monday coming back from a set and 1-4 down to complete the win.

In her post-match news conference she spoke about the “two Serenas” and her mid-life crisis at 30.

Q.  So there are two Serenas sometimes?

SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yeah.  I’m talking to myself inside and she’s talking back and giving me lip.  I give her a little attitude, and then I tell her she sucks and she tells me to shut up.  We get into it a little bit.  (Laughter.)

Then we get along.

Q.  How did you get to the match today?

SERENA WILLIAMS:  Oh, I didn’t have to ride a bike today, so we’re good.

Q.  Maybe if you had ridden a bicycle your legs would have moved faster on court.

SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yeah, maybe I should start riding a bike more often.  Good point.

Q.  What made you pick that model car?

SERENA WILLIAMS:  Um, last year or the year before I was turning 30 and I panicked and I thought I needed to get a really old car.  (Laughter.)

Q.     So you bought a Rolls?

SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yeah, that was like couple years ago, I think.  So it was my mid‑life crisis.

Q.  If you’re getting old and having a mid‑life crisis at 30, what should the rest of us…

SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yeah, I really panicked.

Q.  How about the rest of us?  What should we be doing?

SERENA WILLIAMS:  I don’t know, but that was, like, my reaction.  It was really hard for me to turn 30.  I really struggled, and I was just like, Oh, my gosh.  I don’t know, like that kind of came out of it.

Q.  Have you come to terms with being over 30 now?

SERENA WILLIAMS:  Yes, I have.  But getting there was really hard.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News