Serena Williams: 'I deserve to get paid the same amount as men do'

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Serena Williams: 'I deserve to get paid the same amount as men do'

Serena Williams believes that more tournaments should offer the same amount of prize money to men and women, and not only Grand Slams and other few events like Indian Wells. 'I feel like we all deserve what we deserve', said Serena.

'I deserve to get paid the same amount. I don't deserve less 'cause I have boobs and they don't. That's definitely not the case. I worked just as hard since I was three. I think they worked hard since they were three, four, two, whatever the case is.

Actually I have a picture when I'm on the court and I'm in a stroller, so even longer than that. I definitely know my whole life has been dedicated toward being a top athlete, and I shouldn't get paid less because of my sex.'

Serena takes match by match, regardless of who the opponent is: 'I actually never underestimate anyone. Every time I go out to play I think, This is the match that anything can happen. Everyone, when they play me, they play pretty much amazing, really unbelievable.

For me, I kind of have to be ready. Doesn't matter from the first to the last round, I always have to be ready.' Serena believes that her success and longevity are not given just by her power and tennis, but also to her hard work.

Serena wanted to turn off some criticism, saying: 'A lot of players or a lot of coaches tell me that Serena is so lucky. She doesn't train. She just shows up and wins matches. God, if I could do that, I would. Oh, I would do it.

(Laughter.) Unfortunately, that's not the case. I think the older you get, the more fit you have to get to continue compete. I'm excited about it, because I love being fit.'