Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Chocolate-Covered TENNIS Superstar SERENA WILLIAMS is a vision in white, and is interviewed by Dr. MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY as the cover story for the July 2016 issue of GLAMOUR Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: You have been in our lives a long time, playing pro tennis for nearly 20 years. Is the game still fun?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yes! When I first started really playing, in ’98, I was super excited to see all the people I grew up watching. … I loved Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, and Pete Sampras. ... Now it is different yet somehow more exciting. Everything now is a bonus. 
MHP: You’re one Grand Slam away from tying Graf’s singles record. Do you think about it when you’re playing?
SW: I do. But it’s not the end-all, be-all. It’s something I would like to achieve, but I’ve achieved so much on the court and off already.
MHP: You’ve got Wimbledon coming up. What’s your strategy there?
SW: I’m going in as defending champ. So that’ll be exciting. I want to have fun. Serve big. Play aggressive on the grass. 
MHP: You’ve also got the Olympics later this summer. Any concerns given everything we’re hearing out of Brazil right now?
SW: I’m not taking Zika lightly. Especially being older, I definitely am going everywhere protected. I’m protecting myself. 
MHP: You have been called “the world’s greatest athlete.” Do you welcome that label? Does it feel accurate to you?
SW: Oh my gosh, I don’t know. That’s so hard to say. I try to be the best that I can be every day. I have bad days. I had a bad day the other day. I hit for only, like, 30 minutes, and I stormed off the court. But that was the best I could do on that day. So am I the greatest? I don’t know. I’m the greatest that I can be.
MHP: What do you need from a coach now? Do you need somebody who’s like, “OK, I know you’ve done the best you can do today,” or somebody who’s like, “Get back on the court”?
SW: I probably need that “Get back on the court” kind of coach. [Laughs.] If I’m not playing well, I do get down on myself because I am a perfectionist. [So I need] someone who believes in me more than I believe in me, someone willing to work as hard as I work. I don’t understand what no means or what failure means; I only understand what yes means and try again means.
MHP: You and Venus were the original black-girl magic. People who do not know you feel a personal stake in every match you play. 

SW: That’s something. I meet people who say, “Girl, I watch every match, and I pray for you.” I feel that energy and those prayers. Sometimes when I’m down on the court, in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “They want me to win. Is there anything else I can give?” It encourages me to do better, to fight harder. 

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