June 24, 2009 / 7:00 PM / 10 years ago

Plot thickens for versatile Serena

LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams spent less than an hour blasting her way into the third round at Wimbledon on Wednesday. That left plenty of time to work on her TV script.

Serena has been a fashion designer, actress and now it seems a writer as well. It is a miracle the American has managed to cram 10 grand slam titles into her busy schedule.

Sister Venus gave Serena a “How To” book on script-writing. It has clearly paid dividends.

After breezing past Australian Jarmila Groth on Court One, Serena, twice a Wimbledon women’s singles winner, revealed:

“I’m writing my script. You’ll be excited to know I wrote three parts already. I call it my treatment.”

“I just love to write. Hopefully, it will be good,” she said, eager to follow up script-writing after making a cameo acting appearance in the TV medical drama ER.

So what is the script all about?

“It’s a mixture between some of my favorite shows like Desperate Housewives, Sex in the City and actually Family Guy. It’s kind of those put together in one, if you can imagine.”

Serena has also been writing her autobiography with the help of a ghostwriter.

“It has been an interesting process. Again, I love writing and it was just the right time. It was something I was actually working on for at least three years. It just all came together within the last year.”

So what about the tennis?

Second seed Serena hardly needed to get into second gear to dispose of her overwhelmed Australian opponent 6-2 6-1.

But, ever the perfectionist, she said:

“For me there’s always room for improvement. I still think I could have returned better, came to the net a little bit more. That’s exciting to think I can do better.”

Serena was full of sympathy for former champion Maria Sharapova, knocked out of Wimbledon earlier on Wednesday.

The Russian has been battling back to fitness after a nine-month lay-off with a shoulder injury.

Acknowledging how tough it was to come back, Serena said of Sharapova: “It’s definitely no easy feat. You have to be really focused as she is. And I think she is doing everything right.”

Editing by Ken Ferris

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