Serena outlines enduring desire

Serena Williams says it's "hard to imagine life without tennis" and her determination to win Grand Slam titles is still as strong as ever.

Williams went one step further to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 singles crowns when she defeated Kaia Kanepi in three entertaining sets in the fourth round of the US Open.

Already a Wimbledon finalist this year when she returns from giving birth to her first child, Williams, who turns 37 years later, was asked about her impressive longevity. during a post-match press conference

"I think it's great, I never thought I would have played that long," she replied.

"Now I think about it and it's hard to imagine life without tennis, it's weird, when you're young, you have a different mentality than you have when you grow up."

It has been suggested that a 24th slam title would mean more for Williams now that she is a mother, but she insists that it would have been impossible for her to fold motivation.

"I do not think I want to earn more," he explained. "I do not think my desire to win could have been more than five years ago or today, that desire has not diminished at all, and I do not think I was able to raise it, because if I were 10, I was 15 or 20 years old, and I'm still there.

"I think I talked about the fact that I'm surprised it's not reduced to 10. It still stands at that incredibly high level. to compete and to want to win.

"It would be wonderful to win a Grand Slam while we have a daughter, but it's a lot of work, it takes a lot of work to win those tournaments.

" I'm only in my third round. I'm going to keep fighting and see what happens. "

Williams will face Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, the Czech being the last person to defeat Serena at the US Open, having triumphed when they met 2016.

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