Serena Williams says she is too focused on making history at the Australian Open to be happy over her engagement right now.
“I don’t think I’ve had an opportunity to let everything sink in,” she said. “I won’t allow it to sink in because I’m so focused. It was right in the middle of pre-season. Now I’m on the road, already back at work. I don’t want to get too happy because I want to stay focused.”
At 35, Williams arrives in Melbourne with the chance to win a 23rd career Grand Slam trophy, which would break her shared Open-Era record of 22 Grand Slam titles with Steffi Graf, and place her one Grand Slam title away from equaling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 titles.
When further pressed on her engagement, Serena did not budge. “Oh, I’m not talking about that,” she said. “I’m just here to play and to win, obviously, but just to play.”
While Serena refused to divulge into too much about her fiancé and their engagement, she had a clear message for all the other players at the Australian open.
“I didn’t come here to lose in the first round, or the second round, or at all,” said Williams, sending an obvious message to the other 127 players in the draw.