World No 1 Serena Williams has revealed that she knew the exact moment when she was ready to win her seventh Wimbledon title. That feeling, she said, came post her embarrassing straight sets loss to Garbine Muguruza in the final of the French Open.
"I woke up one day and I just felt different. I felt a relief. I made my mind up that I was not going to worry about anyone or anything —about what people said or didn't say— that I was just going to worry about tennis," she said, as quoted by the Telegraph.
She then sent a message to her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, speaking about her overnight transformation with Mouratoglou replying: "The real Serena is back."
The American proved she is back cruising past opponents on the way to her 22nd Grand Slam title, beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the 2016 Wimbledon on 9 July. With this win, she has equalled Steffi Graf's open era record and is just two shy of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 titles.
It was not only the singles title that Serena celebrated. She also won her major 14th major doubles title at Wimbledon along with her sister Venus Williams, who turned 36 in June. Serena admitted that her sister has played a big role in her life and that her retirement, whenever it comes, would be very hard to digest.
"It would be hard. She [Venus] has been my backbone on the journey, which we have been on for such a long time. I just hope that she won't be retiring anytime soon," Serena stressed.
The 34-year-old, who has won 10 titles since turning 30, two more than Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi managed in their entire careers, will be next seen in action in the Rogers Cup which is scheduled to start on 25 July.