Serena Williams says she has to up her game and play at her best when playing the young guns at Wimbledon, saying she plays them at her greatest and that she has to be greater.
Williams was asked if she minded always being the one to beat, and if it sucked to have others raise their game when they play her.
This came after Madison Keys blamed her defeat on her mind wandering towards a next round encounter against Williams.
To that, Williams responded with: "I'm glad someone admitted that."
"Every single match I play, whether I'm coming back from a baby or surgery, it doesn't matter, these young ladies, they bring a game that I've never seen before.
"That's what makes me great. I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater."
Williams has a phenomenal record, with 23 Grand Slam titles, 14 doubles Grand Slam titles, 72 singles titles and four Olympic gold medals to her name and has cemented herself as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Williams was also asked how it felt having everyone bring their best tennis to the court to play her, being told it must suck having everyone bring their best game to the court, but Serena's answer was incredible.
“At first it did, but I like it because it kind of backfires because everyone comes out and they play me so hard and now my level is so much higher because of it, from years and years of being played like that.
"So it’s like, you know what, my level, if it wasn’t high, then I wouldn’t be who I am. So I had to raise my level to ‘unknown’ because they are playing me at a level that’s unknown, so now I’m used to it.”
Williams knows the strength of her opponents before she's played them, knowing that whatever happens they will be playing as best as they can to beat her on that court.
Williams' answer to the questions put to her was applauded massively for being incredibly open and honest, whilst not bragging about her success and being boastful.News Now - Sport News