Women’s tennis legend Billie Jean King has delivered a stern warning to Serena Williams. The American star is on the verge of beating Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam record. However, King believes that Serena Williams must do away with the ‘off-court insanity’ in her life.
Williams has now entered the Round of 16 after beating Julia Goerges on Court One. Prior to that, she underwent hard-fought wins in her opening two matches. So far in the 2019 season, Serena Williams has been beset by a few injuries. As a result, she has competed in just five tournaments in the buildup to Wimbledon.
Another factor that has been on her mind is her young daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. In fact, Serena Williams has often spoken about managing her on and off-court life efficiently.
Williams has been halted on 23 Grand Slam singles titles since winning the Australian Open in 2017. However, the 37-year-old declared that sh is firmly set on equalling and surpassing Court’s record of 24 singles titles.
However, King warned her compatriot to exercise a bit more caution, as reaching 24 will be hard if she doesn’t focus on tennis.
Speaking to the BBC, King said, “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?”