More tennis and less MetGalas for Serena Williams, says King


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More tennis and less MetGalas for Serena Williams, says King

The WTA Founder Billie Jean King believes that Serena Williams needs to be fully focused on tennis in order to win Grand Slam titles again. "You never count her out. Every time she wins one more match helps. Quite frankly, if I were Serena, I would give up being a celebrity for a year and a half.

If she wants to win titles, if she wants to beat records, that's the question. I don't know what she wants. No more Met Gala's. Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to be everything. Especially at her age, you have to give up all these peripheral things, if you want to do this.

If she is quite happy the way she is then fine. I think she really needs to continue working on her fitness and get refocused if she wants to beat all these records, like Margaret Court's singles record of 24. But if she doesn't, then she is fine the way she is.

I would ask myself now when I look in the mirror, 30 years from now, what do I want to say about myself?" Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Lauren Davis to book a fourth-round clash against Serena. The American player said: "Probably yes.

When she played before, Serena was unstoppable. Beating her was very difficult. Now she does not compete so often. The players know that it's not the same Serena as before. Years go on and physically you struggle, but you can still do well.

You always have to be careful. My head to head meetings against Serena were not very favourable, but it's true that the last time I played with Serena is not the Serena of now. I always think I can hurt her. I can compete with her. There is a lot of difference on serve and return, but once you get into the rally there is not a lot."