In a recent press conference, Serena Williams spoke about her biggest childhood idols. 'I watched Steffi (Graf) and Martina (Navratilova) a little bit. I didn't get to see so much of Chris (Evert). I know she was a great player.
I definitely must add Venus on that list at the top of the list, because she definitely helped me play great faster. I loved watching Martina Navratilova growing up. I don't play anything like her.' Serena also spoke about her earliest US Open memory: 'I think some of my first memories were definitely of Venus playing here and doing so well I believe in '97.' Serena finally recalled her 1999 US Open title: 'It's so funny, and whenever anyone asks me about that, I honestly, when the tournament started, I told myself I was going to win and I felt it.
It's weird. I have these weird feelings all the time, and I just felt I was going to win this tournament. I wasn't really surprised. I was happy and elated, but I just had this instinct. It's just weird, but I had that instinct that I was going to win this title.
And I beat in the final ‑‑ all the players I played I had pretty much beaten before. I had beaten Martina a few times and Monica and Lindsay. I knew I could do it. It was just putting them all together.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title