Serena Williams says the constant media attention has helped her win

Serena Williams says the constant media attention has helped her win

Serena Williams has done it all in tennis, but there’s so much more to come from the star. Photo: Getty

Since she turned pro, Serena has had one distinct focus: winning. The first time she was in the news, she was facing a drug violation charge in 2006 after the WTA suspended her for four months after the release of a sex tape. Now, there are four times in as many years that she has been charged with misconduct in the wake of controversial comments.

In a conversation with Sports Illustrated, the 24-year-old American says that the constant attention has had its benefits. “I don’t like doing what I’ve been doing in tennis, but I’m getting a lot of positive feedback, a lot of positive coverage, and it’s really a lot of fun and it is what I want to do for a living. It’s what I am doing, and that’s a good thing.”

She says she’s been called a “cancer” for her on-court fighting, but she doesn’t see herself as a fighter. “I don’t think I’m really, like, a fighter. I’m just going to play as hard as I can and try to win every match as much as I can. I don’t care if it’s a 5-set match in which I’m only down one set. It doesn’t matter, in terms of me not fighting, that’s just part of the experience. If I feel like I want to fight and want to get into a scrap, I will.”

Williams also believes the constant media attention is a good thing. “I like that you can’t really hide from the press, I think that’s good. I don’t like to be the person who hides. I know that’s kind of the perception, but I don’t want to ever be that.”

She says she knows her career will probably be winding down, but she isn’t thinking about retiring. She’s just thinking

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