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PHOTOS: Serena Williams having fun, but still not satisfied

Last updated on: August 06, 2013 12:37 IST

Serena Williams has already achieved her stated goal of winning a second French Open title this year but the top-ranked American is still not satisfied with her season despite having more fun than ever on tour.

Six other titles have been won this year by the 31-year-old but compatriot Sloane Stephens upset her in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and Sabine Lisicki stunned her in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

'I work really hard to do the best, especially in Grand Slams'

Last updated on: August 06, 2013 12:37 IST

"You know I'm not there yet with the way my year has gone," Williams told a small group of reporters on Monday at the Rogers Cup where she is the top seed.

"Everybody is like 'You've had a good year and I'm like, who?"

Williams said she is not satisfied unless she wins every big tournament that she enters, particularly the slams which account for 15 of her 53 career titles - a significant percentage.

"That's me," she said. "I work really hard to do the best, especially in Grand Slams."

'I am okay just winning Grand Slams'

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Serena Williams of the US poses with her trophy near the Eiffel Tower in Paris

This season, however, her form at non-Grand Slam events has been dazzling, proof that she is as hungry as ever.

From 2005-2010, seven of Williams 12 titles came at the Grand Slams. Since the start of 2011 only three of her 16 crowns came at the majors.

"It's more or less evening out, but I am okay just winning Grand Slams," she said. 

'I am never going to stop'

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Serena William

"What makes tennis beautiful is the small tournaments that make you as a player and make you win the grand slams."

"I was talking to (my sister) Venus the other day and I said I am never going to stop," she said.

"I just love this sport so much and we were just practicing. It's just so fun. I'm having more fun than I have ever had."

Serena was thrilled to see Hingis return to doubles play

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Serena William

Williams said she was thrilled to see former No 1 Martina Hingis return to doubles play.

Hingis launched her comeback last week at the Carlsbad Open with her partner Daniela Hantuchova, reaching the second round.

She and Hantuchova will also play in this week's Rogers Cup.

Serena and Hingis have Patrick Mouratoglou in common

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Serena William

Serena and Hingis -- who were once bitter rivals -- got to know each other better over the past year and half while Hingis was coaching at the academy owned by Williams' coach, France's Patrick Mouratoglou.

'It's really kind of cool'

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Serena William

"It's great," Williams said. "She's so good and has great hands and sees the ball so well and she's fun.

"It's really kind of cool."

'I kind of am waiting for her singles comeback'

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Serena Williams poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen trophy in her changing room on Saturday

"I kind of am waiting for her singles comeback, but I'm not sure she will," added Williams, who will play either Italy's Francesca Schiavone or South Africa's Channelle Scheepers.

Source: REUTERS
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