Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, celebrated her 40th birthday yesterday. Williams has been the face of women’s tennis for the past 26 years and has established herself as one of the greatest players of all time.

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Serena Williams. Source: hindustantimes.com

MTV News shared an old interview with Williams from early 2002 in honour of her 40th birthday. The then-20-year-old American had only one Grand Slam title under her credit at the time.

The interview, on the other hand, revealed Williams’s ambition and determination throughout her life.

Williams throwback interview

Williams, who was wearing a turtleneck and had gold hair, expressed her desire to win a few Slam trophies, particularly the Wimbledon Championships that year (2002). She also mentioned her ambition of finishing the season as the world’s number one player.

“My future plans are, I really wanna try to win Wimbledon this year. I wanna win, definitely win a couple of Grand slam this year. There’s three left and if could take two, that’d be great. I would love to end the year No.1, but we’ll see,” said Williams.

Williams’ words turned out to be prophetic. In 2002, the American won three Grand Slam titles in a row, the French Open, Wimbledon Championships, and the US Open, becoming only the third player in tennis history to do it.

Williams finished the 2002 season as the World No. 1 as a result of her exceptional success, the first of five seasons in which she finished as the top-ranked player during her illustrious career.

“This is just the beginning of an unbelievable story of Serena Williams,” she further added.

And the rest of the world saw it. Williams has thoroughly enchanted the world with her inexhaustible battling spirit and her pursuit of greatness throughout the next two decades, and she is still going strong.

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