Former 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams says growing up in Compton gave her the ability to adjust to pretty much any playing conditions during her career. Compton, a notorious neighborhood in Los Angeles, is known for violence and gang activities.
Making first tennis steps in Compton was far from ideal as there weren't any fancy tennis courts and the balls used at the time weren't that great either. But Serena and her sister Venus Williams were determined to make their dreams a reality.
Now, the Williams sisters are all-time greats in tennis and they will forever be remembered as one of the greatest and most inspiring players in tennis history.
Serena Williams on growing up in Compton and being able to adapt to anything
"If it's not a thunderstorm, I'm not feeling it.
Honestly, every time I try to feel something, I go back and say, 'Serena, you're from Compton.' Yeah (I can adapt to anything). Because of all the things that we had to go through, I think of the courts and the dead balls, and then I literally don't feel anything.
But when I do feel something, I always look at my hitter or my coach and say like, 'Something's off.' Because if I'm feeling it, something is way off," Williams explained during an event hosted by Wilson Tennis, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Williams, 41, ended her astonishing career after the US Open. In the final tournament of her career, Williams made some noise before exiting the tournament. In her opener at the US Open, Williams beat Danka Kovinic. Then, Williams defeated Anett Kontaveit - who at the time was the second-ranked player in the world.
After beating Kovinic and Kontaveit, Williams fell short to Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets in the third round. Also, Williams teamed up with her sister Venus in her final US Open. Unfortunately, the Williams sisters didn't make it far as they suffered a loss in the doubles event first round.