Serena Williams Reveals How a Few Grand Slams Are Missing From Her Trophy Cabinet

Published 01/27/2021, 1:00 AM EST
Serena Williams serves during her match against Venus Williams during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Currently quarantining in Adelaide, Serena Williams appeared as the star guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It was the first interview Williams gave during her time in isolation ahead of the 2021 Australian Open.

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Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her Women’s Singles third round match against Sloane Stephens of the United States on Day Six of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

On the show, the host asked the 23-Grand Slam champion where has she kept her vast collection of trophies. Colbert wanted to know whether Williams had placed the trophies in a giant case or a storage locker. As a reply, Williams shared an interesting anecdote about leaving her first Grand Slam trophy at her father’s house and telling him she would win another major championship title.

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Serena Williams on The Late Show

The former World No.1 revealed a few trophies are kept at her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou’s house in France, and several titles are showcased at her own house.

“That is the question of the double decade. I keep them at little places. My first Grand Slam, I actually left at my dad’s house at the time and said ‘You keep it because I am going to get another one’, that was at the US Open. Of course, I was able to get another one. My coach has a few in France and there are several in my house. I think one or two or three are missing,” said Williams.

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When Williams spilled out that a few trophies were missing, it left Colbert amused and the talk show host talked about the trophies being sterling symbols of immense value.

However, Williams contended she does not get attached to things and lives by the philosophy – ‘You can’t take it with you when you leave’.

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With the Australian Open just two weeks away, Williams has a strong chance of adding another trophy to her illustrious cabinet. The American last won at Melbourne Park in 2017 and hasn’t gone past the quarterfinals since then. Williams will compete at a WTA event in Melbourne next week, a week before the start of the Australian Open.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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