Serena Williams sets her sights on 25 Grand Slam titles

"I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25," she has revealed in an interview with Vogue.

Serena Williams is eyeing a comeback to competitive tennis in March.   -  AFP

Serena Williams setting herself herculean targets and achieving them with ease is a script we have gotten pretty used to. An emergency c-section and a relapse of a life-threatening pulmonary embolism might have delayed her intended return to competitive tennis by two months after ambitiously setting sights on Australian Open for her comeback, but that's only because she is focused on achieving bigger targets, as she has revealed in a detailed interview in Vogue

Mind you, she has already made her return to tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in December — that's less than four months after giving birth to her first child. But full fitness is crucial to achieve her 'realistic' target ( unrealistic for rest of us mortals). 

25 Grand Slam titles. That's her current goal.  

“To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco (Alexis' Reddit is based there) and just being a mom. "But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25,” she has revealed to Rob Haskell in an elaborate interview for the Vogue.  

An ascent to the top, a spot she considers to be hers, is also in her scheme of things. “There hasn’t been a clear number one since I was there. It will be cool to see if I get there again, to what I call my spot — where I feel I belong. I don’t play to be the second best or the third best. If there’s no clear number one, it’s like, yeah, I can get my spot back. But if there is a clear number one, that’s cool, too, because it’s like, yeah, I’m gonna come for you.”

Having Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr to get back home to, she believes, will help her realise her new wishes.   “I think having a baby might help. When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me,” she said.