In an interview to GQ Magazine, Serena Williams spoke about the five most iconic matches she has ever played in her career. Before listing them all, Serena said: 'I always knew that I was going to be a professional tennis player, that was my dream.
My dad always told me I was going to be a professional. I believed it. Starting tennis super young is a part of you and it's just in you. It's an innate feeling and because the older I got I did it so long, this passion developed to reach goals.' She started recalling her 1997 Ameritech Cup win over Monica Seles in three sets, 4-6 6-1 6-1. 'I had my first competitive match and I was incredibly young, I remember playing that match in 1997 and always really loved Monica.
I just wanted to play like Monica, she was my favourite player growing up and I wanted to just be like her. I wanted to hit like her, playing like her. Having the opportunity to play here was like "All right, oh cool".
I got it. I knew it because I watched her so much and I wanted to go into the next Grand Slam and not have to be in the qualifying. So for me, it was like, I have to win these matches, I have to do well in this tournament.' In the 1998 Australian Open, Serena defeated Irina Spirlea 6-7 6-1 6-3.
'It worked so hard to qualify for the Australian Open and that's why the Monica Seles win meant a lot to me because it meant I had qualified for the Australian Open, it was really really huge and then to qualify enough to play the number six immediately is not the easiest way to go.
I played here before and I knew her game. I was like, Okay I can do this. And honestly I can remember being down a set but I guess that was the beginning of Serena's comebacks. When I go down a set I was like, Okay, you have to forget it.
It's still not over, you have to fight for it and stay present.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title