Serena focuses on more titles

 

Tennis:Serena Williams is determined not to enjoy her incredible tennis success too much - so she can have more of it. The world number one made it 13 grand slam singles titles when she beat Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-2 to retain her Wimbledon crown.

Williams' fourth singles title at the All England Club took her above mentor Billie Jean King into sixth outright on the all-time list, with only Margaret Court, Steffi Graf, Helen Wills, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova above her.

At 28, and with rivals seemingly thin on the ground, the American could potentially challenge Evert and Navratilova, who are tied on 18 titles each.

Williams, though, will be happy to consider her place in history when her playing career is over.

She said: "I don't think about it. I'm still in my career and I never look outside of it while I am in it because I don't want to think, 'I've done that and I've done that', because then I could become happy and satisfied, and I would probably lose my desire."

King was in the Royal Box to see Williams move past her, and the two spoke afterwards.

"She said she was proud of me and to go out and win some more," added Williams.

The top seed joked she should give the Venus Rosewater Dish to her serve, which was the primary reason she managed to finish the fortnight having not dropped a set.

Williams served 89 aces during the tournament, the same as Andy Murray, and did not have to save a single break point during her victory over Zvonareva.

But the 28-year-old revealed her best ever display of serving may never have happened had she not been so unhappy with her serve during her French Open quarter-final defeat by Sam Stosur last month.

She said: "The French Open is why my serve is so good because I thought I served so badly in my quarter-final match.

"Usually I take a day off but I went straight home and said, 'I'm going to have to work on my serve because if I serve like this again I don't know how much longer I'm going to be out here'.

"Maybe that happened for a reason. I'm so excited, I just hope I can keep serving like this."

As impressive as it undoubtedly was, Williams' comfortable victory yesterday cast a somewhat unflattering light on the women's game, where great grand slam finals have been few and far between in recent years.

The world number one, though, insists she does not have it easy, saying: "I'm definitely being challenged. These girls are playing so tough.

"I saw some girls hitting 106mph second serves against me, and I'm thinking, 'Do they normally play like this? Because if so they should be number one'."

And there is no chance of Williams relaxing while her record of never having lost in the first round of a grand slam remains intact.

"I'm nervous every time I play in the first round," she added. "I was super nervous in my first round in Paris and I played horrendously. I know records are meant to be broken and I don't want it to happen yet."