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