Serena Williams reveals why she felt like a target: "It was tough"

The American revealed how she felt at the beginning of her career

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Serena Williams reveals why she felt like a target: "It was tough"
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She alone against the world and against everyone. But at the same time, recipient of love, pressure, expectations. Serena Williams' growth as a tennis player has not been easy at all, and for several reasons. Pressure, expectations, very hard training. Serena herself, in an interview with The New York Times, revealed some very interesting details. For example, she has shaken tennis with her victories since she was young. In a sport dominated by Caucasians. Serena herself revealed that she felt like she was a target.

"I feel like it shook the world. I mean, come on: a black girl wins a Grand Slam at 17, and she's from Compton! Obviously they noticed. Tennis had been dominated by Caucasians, so it was like, 'Whoa. We are experiencing a change in our sport. We don't like it. I definitely had a red X on me. And it was difficult. People assume you're not friendly, and that's usually not the case. You're just there to win and people don't really want to talk to winners in a singles sport. It's like they say, Birds of a feather flock together and there's only one winner, so who will you side with? If I played football, it would be a completely different situation, because you have a team of players," she explained.

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The American, in an interview with ET, explained that she has always lived in the spotlight and that she is only now trying to understand who is truly far from the court.

"Most people only see the victories in a Grand Slam tournament, the finals, but they don't focus on the training and everything behind it. All that intensity that I have always put on the field is now directed to my daughters I was so intense on the court, I always wanted to be perfect, which obviously isn't possible. If I could go back, I would tell myself to breathe deeply and relax more. I think it would have helped me a lot.

The journey has been incredible, but I was really very young when I started playing tennis on the major circuit and became a professional player. I don't know if this precociousness changed me or shaped me as a person. Now I'm trying to figure out who I really am away from the cameras. I have been in the spotlight 24/7 for 27 years. It's different now, but it's time to understand how this has affected me," she explained.

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