Serena Williams insisted on Wednesday that retirement is not on her agenda as the 34-year-old American superstar targets a sixth Olympic gold medal.
World number one Williams arrives in Rio with a seventh Wimbledon title wrapped up, which allowed her to pull level with Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 majors.
But even if she secures a second successive Olympics singles gold and fourth in doubles with sister Venus, she still has no intention of hanging up her racquet.
“I love what I do every day and enjoy being on the court. I enjoy competing,” said Williams, whose career is comfortably into its third decade.
“I just don’t see a time when I say I don’t want to do this anymore. I always give my maximum and that’s what I bring to the court.”
Williams won her first Olympic singles gold in London four years ago and then doubled up with Venus.