In a press conference, Serena Williams recalled her 1999 season when she faced a 23-time Grand Slam winner like Steffi Graf. "It was a great season for me. It was my breakout season. I think I won my first Grand Slam that year.
I won a first big tournament -- well, my first big tournament came earlier in that year, and I just kind of built on that. And it was great. It was fun. I mean, playing Steffi was legendary, and it was amazing. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to play, because I believe she retired after Wimbledon that year.
I remember thinking, thank God I had a chance just to play her, because I grew up watching her, and she was, just, amazing. It was a great year for me." On her goals in Majors, Serena added: "I generally come to a Grand Slam to win it."