Alycia Parks recounts hitting with Serena Williams & Venus Williams, shares her goals

Parks hopes to follow in the footsteps of Serena and do big things in tennis.

by Dzevad Mesic
Alycia Parks recounts hitting with Serena Williams & Venus Williams, shares her goals
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Alycia Parks fondly recounted having a hit with Serena Williams and Venus Williams during last year's US Open and revealed that she will be targeting to make her own big Grand Slam breakthrough in 2024. Parks, 22, has been on the rise for the past year and she is now ranked at No 54 in the world.

Parks, who grew up idolizing Serena, has drawn some positive attention with her game this year and some believe the 22-year-old has potential to do good things in tennis. On Instagram, Parks held a Q&A session with fans.

"Have you ever met the Williams sisters?" a fan asked Parks. Parks answered: "Hit with both of them last year at the US Open @serenawilliams @venuswilliams (heart emoji)." After breaking into the top-10 in the last weeks of the 2022 season, Parks won her first WTA title in 2023 February in Lyon.

Also this year, Parks achieved a career-high ranking of No 40 in the world. Another fan asked Parks: "I would like to know what would you be aiming at in 2024 tennis-wise, of course. Many thanks." Parks replied to the fan: "Definitely a Slam and top-10 by summer!"

Parks called Serena Williams 'literally tennis'

In 2022 December, Parks admitted that she could relate to certain scenes from King Richard.

In the same interview, Parks said her idol Serena is "literally tennis." "When I watched King Richard, there were a lot of scenes [that felt familiar]. We kind of did it that way too. It was so weird because it was so similar.

It felt good at the US Open that I got to hit with both of them. Serena especially, because I look up to Serena. She's the GOAT of tennis. What can you do besides look up to her? She's literally tennis," Parks said. It remains to be seen if Parks will continue her rise in 2024.

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