Serena aims to overtake Evert as oldest number one

Tue Jan 1, 2013 9:19am EST
 
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By Will Swanton

BRISBANE (Reuters) - Serena Williams credited a more subdued lifestyle on Tuesday for the current form which has put her on track to succeed fellow-American Chris Evert as the oldest world number one in women's tennis.

Williams, who recorded a serve of 200 kms an hour during a second-round 6-2 6-2 win over France's Alize Cornet at the Brisbane International, is currently ranked third in the world.

However, the 31-year-old is regarded as the pre-eminent woman player at the moment after winning the Wimbledon, U.S. and Olympic titles last year. Evert was aged 30 years 11 months when she was number one in 1985.

"I'm really boring now," Williams told reporters. "I used to be fun.

"For a fun time, call Serena. Now for a fun time, do not call me. I don't know what happened to me.

"I think I just got older and I realized I can't be that fun girl for the rest of my life. I think that's pretty much what it is. I could be the oldest number one. I don't know how that goes with the funniest."

Williams said she had not celebrated New Year's eve.

"I've been having insomnia," she said. "I don't know what time zone I'm in. I don't know if I'm in Florida or if I'm in Mauritius or if I'm in Brazil.   Continued...

 
Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after winning a point against Alize Cornet of France during their women's singles match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament January 1, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz