‘Went To See a Movie’: Hitting Partner Reveals How Serena Williams Celebrated Her Maiden Grand Slam Victory

Published 12/28/2021, 2:38 PM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 23: Serena Williams of the United States talks to the media at a press conference after losing her quarter final match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 10 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)


American tennis player Serena Williams has been destined for greatness from a young age. Along with her sister Venus, the duo had created a huge name for themselves before even making their professional debuts. Since then, the manner in which she has dominated the tour in her professional career has been unprecedented. She has been competing at the highest level for over two decades. 

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Recently, Serena Williams’ hitting partner Jarmere Jenkins spoke about his interaction with the superstar on a particular occasion. He revealed a moment in which he had asked Serena about what she did when she won her first Grand Slam title. 

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Serena Williams is one of a kind 

Williams always knew that she would be a Grand Slam champion someday. Therefore, she did not have an ecstatic response when she won her title at the US Open in 1999, aged just 17, which displayed how confident she was.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner revealed to Jenkins, “‘I just had some dinner. I went to go see a movie and then went to sleep… From the time we were four years old, we always been told that we would be a Grand Slam champion and the best in the world. That’s why when I won my first Grand Slam it wasn’t anything abnormal to us as we were told our whole lives that we were gonna do this.'”

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Serena Williams retires from her first round ladies’ singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on centre court after picking up an injury on day two of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Coming to Williams, she won her first Major in 1999 and her last title was won in 2017. It just shows how dominant she has been over the years. 

Reflecting on her current season, she started the year by reaching the semifinal of the Australian Open. After that, she had an average season during the clay swing and at the French Open.

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Sadly, she injured her hamstring during the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships and was forced to withdraw from the match. She also skipped the US Open due to injury. Williams has opted to sit out the Australian Open 2022, as she is still recovering. Nonetheless, we wish her a speedy recovery and it will be interesting to see when she competes next on the Tour. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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