Speaking to GQ Magazine, Serena Williams revealed three tennis matches that she still remembers very well. At the 1999 US Open, Serena defeated Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6(4). 'That was a really big turning point in my career winning at my first Grand Slam.
I always said I was going to win a Grand Slam, and next thing I know, I'd won, beating the No.1 player in the world. Hingis was really dominating everyone at that time, so I was glad to get that one because I kind of deep starting my career.' Then of course, she recalled her 2001 Indian Wells final win over Kim Clijsters 4-6 6-4 6-2.
In the semi-finals, Venus had withdrawn due to injury against Serena. On the day of the final, Serena got booed by the crowd receiving racist messages. 'I was a teenager and the crowd was booing me', she admitted. 'It was a white crowd, and in the middle of a city where it was predominantly Caucasians, and that was very difficult for me especially with being black and having a history.
When I walked out on the court the crowd started bullying, so that was really a difficult time for me to try to get through that match and when I did it was like, who would want to go to a place where they did not want it and I was okay with that.
Everyone can have their opinion, but I just felt I needed to take a little break from there. I finally went back in 2014, it was just a new generation of people, it was nice to go back and see kids that never saw me play. I thought it was first incredible that my career was able to last that long and it was even more impactful and powerful that I could go back.' The "Serena Slam" that she completed for the first time in 2003 (by winning the Australian Open) was an important milestone in her career: 'I was really nervous for that final in Australia, I think it was three sets and I may have lost the first set.
On the match point I was like, Wow, how I did it, finally. It was really cool, no one had done that since Steffi Graf in the 80s and so there in 2003 I was completing the Serena Slam winning four in a row, which is incredibly hard to do.
I definitely think the reason why I became a stronger people is that people up atheir game to beat me. I have also had to up my game and try to win and do better and be better.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title