“I Knew I was Going to Win”: Serena Williams Recalls Winning her Maiden US Open Title

Published 08/26/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotion to the crowd after winning her Women’s Singles semi-final match against Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine on day eleven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Fans became quite disappointed after Serena Williams announced that she wouldn’t be featuring at the US Open 2021. She is not fit at the moment and is recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Interestingly, Serena Williams lifted her first Grand Slam title at the US Open 1999. She defeated Martina Hingis in the finals to claim the title.

In a recent Instagram live with her sister Venus Williams, Serena recalled her famous win at the US Open 1999. It was a special moment for her, but she knew that she was going to win that Grand Slam.

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“I knew I was going to win before the tournament started,” began Serena. “I don’t know, I just had this sixth sense that I was going to win the tournament and there’s nothing that can stop me.”

Williams revealed that she was extremely confident of winning the US Open 1999 title. In a way, she also took revenge on Hingis and it was Hingis who knocked out Venus in the semis of that tournament.

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Serena Williams discloses that she had to deliberately overreact after her triumph at the US Open 1999

Serena further stated that she was not at all shocked after winning the US Open that year. However, she had to react as if a miracle took place. She was not at all emotional but she decided to cry a little bit after winning her maiden Grand Slam title.

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“After I won, I was not like, surprised as I thought I was going to be. So then, I had to overreact, I was like okay, I’m going to cry because I should be crying right but it wasn’t like that emotional because it was like okay, I got this. I already knew I had it. It was weird but then I felt like I should be overjoyed. But, I was gonna win more,” added the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

Even though Serena Williams is not playing at the US Open this year, fans expect her to make a phenomenal comeback. Will she be able to win her 24th Grand Slam title before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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