She Did Not Come To Play: Serena Williams Explains Why She's The Greatest, And Will Continue To Dominate Tennis

"I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater."

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| July 09 2018,

2:18 pm

Tennis star Serena Williams knows there's always a competitive target on her back, but she's not sweating it. 

After defeating unseeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 7-6 (2), Telegraph reporter Jamie Johnson asked Williams what it was like having to up her game every time she played, per SB Nation. Players from around the world always give the star their best, but, as always, they fall short.  

“What do you think? I mean, you have to deal with that every single time you go on court knowing you are number one, the one to beat,” Johnson asked. “Have you just got used to that now?”

Johnson was not prepared for her brutal honesty. 

Fellow player Madison Keys doesn't know how Williams deals with the pressure. She reportedly said it must suck to be Serena Williams. But Williams has gotten over it and welcomed the competition. 

Williams will face unseeded Evgeniya Rodina in the Round of 16 on Monday, July 9.