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2016 U.S. Open - Day 6 Serena Williams of the United States hits balls in to the crowd after her victory against Johanna Larsson of Sweden in the Women's Singles round three match on Arthur Ashe Stadium on day six of the 2016 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2016 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

I don’t need more Grand Slam titles, but I want them – Serena Williams

SERENA WILLIAMS says  she “absolutely wants” more Grand Slam titles, but does not need them.

The 23-time champion, already the most successful player of the Open era, is two Grand Slam titles away from surpassing Margaret Court’s record.

Williams, who said she was bedridden for six weeks after giving birth to daughter Olympia in September, said motherhood had taken away her anxiety.

“I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige,” Williams told Vogue.

“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.

“Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more grand slams.”

Williams played an exhibition match in December, which was her first since giving birth, and forced the game against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko into a tie-break.

Williams beat older sister Venus to claim her 23rd Grand Slam title in January 2017 – the 17th time she had defeated her sister in 28 meetings.

Williams returned to number one in the world after winning the Australian Open, but has slipped to 23rd in her absence from the tour.

Romania’s Simona Halep is currently the top-ranked player, and Williams said she had received messages of support from fellow players, as well as gifts for her daughter.

“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,” she said.


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