Congrats to Serena. She beat her big sister in straight sets, 76 62, breaking Venus' 34 set win streak at Wimbledon. ReRe now has 11 majors. Haven't seen the match yet so can't really comment, but this is quite the accomplishment for Serena. She now holds 3 of the last 4 majors.
And Serena was keen making sure you know that:
Q. How much of a motivation is it for you to try and regain the world No. 1 ranking?
SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I'm not super motivated. I think if you hold three Grand Slam titles maybe you should be No. 1, but not on the WTA Tour obviously, so...
You know, my motivation is maybe just to win another Grand Slam and stay No. 2, I guess (laughter).
Q. Does that disappoint you?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No. If it did, I would go crazy just thinking about it. I think anyone really could. That's just shocking. But whatever. It is what it is. I'd rather definitely be No. 2 and hold three Grand Slams in the past year than be No. 1 and not have any.
Q. Do you see yourself as No. 1?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I see myself as No. 2. That's where I am. I think Dinara did a great job to get to No. 1. She won Rome and Madrid (laughter).
Q. We all know the slams are the key events in our sport. Do you think someone somewhere should sit down and maybe tweak the ranking system a little bit so we don't have this problem?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm, I mean, maybe if I'd have done better at the French Open, like got to the semifinals, maybe things would have been different. But, uhm, honestly, I'm not picking on anybody. Everyone works hard.
I think the girl, Dinara, who is No. 1, you can clearly see by her physique how hard she works. You can't get anywhere by not doing the best and not working your hardest.
So, you know, I'm happy for her. I'm really excited that I won Wimbledon, though, because, like I said, I'd rather win that than not win the Championships.
Q. With all due respect, we're just talking about the system on paper the way the computer works. Do you think that should be changed?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I don't know what can be changed. I feel like I've had a pretty consistent year, though, you know. I haven't lost too early. I got a little injured, but I fought through it. So it's been pretty consistent reaching at least the further rounds of different events.
But I don't know what to do to be No. 1. I don't even care anymore. I'm just happy to be here.
Yes, it's weird for a player to win 3 of the 4 majors and still be #2. That said, let's see, Dina lost to Serena at USO, Serena at AO, Kuz, the eventual champ, FO, and Venus at Wimbly. Not the most horrible record at Slams. Serena lost to, well, a lot of people you may or may not even name at various non-Slams (Patty Schnyder? Klara Zakapalova? Lena? Vika?). I'm not saying it's the same and yeah, Serena should probably be considered the best player in the world. But come on, just admit that you suck during the other event that, whether you like it or not, allow for the WTA to exist.
So I'm not capping on Serena for being annoyed. She should be. But she should be annoyed at herself or the system. She shouldn't be ripping on the other players. You're the best player in the world, Serena. Now maybe it's time to grow up and treat that label, and all the burdens it entails (oh, like being a good ambassador for the sport) accordingly. You can only play the "bratty little sister" card for so long.
As for Venus, I'm bummed for you. I don't know what happened there but I do wish you would have won. But you'll always be the #1 Williams in my heart, which isn't saying much, but it's saying something, I suppose. From one big sister to another, mucho props. You stay classy, baby. The pride and dignity with which you carry yourself just breaks my heart sometimes. And if that class, pride, and compassion means you don't win as many Slam, so be it. You're still the better Williams to me.