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Serena: I'll be No.1 again

2012-11-03 15:08

Johannesburg - World number three Serena Willams on Saturday vowed to top the WTA rankings again, after finishing a year that saw her make a remarkable comeback from a potentially life-threatening condition.

"I've been number one and believe me I'll be number one again," Williams told a news conference in Johannesburg during an Africa tour with her sister Venus to promote the sport among young girls.

Williams finished 1195 points behind top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on the WTA rankings, and 645 adrift of number two Maria Sharapova of Russia.

The rankings drew some criticism as Williams beat Sharapova in the WTA Championship in Istanbul last Sunday, and won two Grand Slams this year as well as Olympic gold in the singles and doubles in London.

But she was little concerned about the rankings, she said.

"I'm not really thinking of it so much. I'm focusing on the Grand Slams."

"I had a slow start and that really affected my ranking."

Williams' stellar performance this year followed a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a potentially life-threatening blood clot on the lungs.

She is visiting South Africa with sister Venus to give tennis training in iconic township Soweto in Johannesburg and promote the sport under African girls after a similar trip in Nigeria earlier this week.

The sisters will play an exhibition match against each other on Sunday.

AFP

Comments
  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-03 15:26

    Somebody pleAse explain me... How is possible to be over 100 KG , have a legs of the elephant , arms of the Klitcko brothers and be so high in tennis world ranking??? She has to be on some drug ? Maybe start to take a drug test also seriously in woman tennis...

      mojay786 - 2012-11-03 15:51

      Your an idiot sandor.how is that possible?

  • robert.bruce.92505956 - 2012-11-03 15:56

    Sandor, I agree. I thought I was the only one thinking this.

      srametse - 2012-11-03 18:01

      You bloody racists dinosaurs !!! i am convinced that idiots like you are beyond being reformed into normal human beings. I don't think you will ever grow out of your miserable backward and incorrigible Apartheid attitudes. In your jaundiced eyes it is the case that just because they are black, they can't excel naturally. The Williams sisters like all sports people these days do get tested regularly by their national and international Tennis bodies. Moreover, the Williams are committed Jehovah's Witnesses. I know their beliefs even though I don't agree with them as I was once one before. Get a life you morons!!! You are prejudiced and our modern world does not need the likes of you backward people!!!!

  • moses.motsoeneng.75 - 2012-11-03 17:29

    she's there best,and hardwork,she deserves it.

  • badladballie - 2012-11-03 18:55

    She is the best but check out those arms!! surely they should have weight categories. Bit of a shallow victory beating those petit feminine russians.

  • srametse - 2012-11-03 19:11

    Sean.wolf.3388, your reference to "you people" smacks of the same attitude I am trying to combat from people like you. When are you going to treat and or look upon people as individuals? What do you mean she's gigantic? Serena unlike her sister Venus, who is much taller and slender, is shorter albeit with much stronger legs. Your accusatory conclusion that I might be a Chelsea supporter is way off the mark as there is absolutely no correlation between the two. For your own information, I don't support Chelsea and i am not sure about this case until we know about its outcome. Stop jumping into wild conclusions. It is saddening how the Williams sister have been on the receiving end over the years from the likes of you who doubt their abilities, professionalism and hard work.

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