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‘I Told Him He Could Keep My US Open Trophy’- Serena Williams Revealed What She Told Her Father ‘King’ Richard When She Left the House

Published 10/05/2022, 6:30 AM EDT

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Serena Williams’ innate talent and hard work have been one of the main reasons for her domination of the women’s circuit over the past two decades. To survive in a demanding sport like tennis, athletes have to be mentally strong, and this was one of Serena’s intrinsic qualities. However, the champion mentality of Williams didn’t develop overnight.

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Serena Williams about her champion mindset

Williams posed for Harper’s BAZAR in 2019 and in the interview post the same, she spoke about the confidence with which she started her journey. She said, “At 17, I won my first Grand Slam, and I knew I had more in me.”

Thereafter, she added, “In fact, I was so sure that when I packed up my life and left my dad’s house to move in with my sister Venus; I told him he could keep my US Open trophy. Don’t worry, I assured him. I would get another one for my house.”


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“Now that was confidence. I went on to win the US Open not one or two, but six times.” The former World no.1 claimed her first ever major title in the hard courts of Flushing Meadows in 1999 just four years after turning pro. Following that, she went on to win five more US Open trophies, with three coming in consecutive years.

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Further, the tennis ace shined in Australia and the grass-courts of London as well. She started her reign in Melbourne in 2003 and the latest season, which witnessed her triumph, was 2017. In the case of Wimbledon, Williams secured seven tittles, out of which three came from her playing as the defending champion. Also, she is a three-time French Open champion.

Serena said goodbye to her beloved sport in style

The 41-year-old after making her singles comeback in London broke the news of her retirement via an essay in Vogue magazine. Williams decided to bid farewell to her over 25-year-long marvelous career in this season’s US Open.


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She stepped on the same hard courts which hold the memory of her first win and made a run till the third round. Following that with teary eyes and an emotional post-match speech, she moved on to the second phase of her life.

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Written by:

Mahima Verma


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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.
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