Tennis-Serena says her life is all about playing tennis

MIAMI, Florida, April 5 Sun Apr 6, 2008 12:56am BST

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MIAMI, Florida, April 5 (Reuters) - Serena Williams once fancied herself an actress or fashion designer, often seeming to be more focused on those aspirations instead of her tennis.

But after winning her fifth Sony Ericsson Open title with a 6-1 5-7 6-3 victory over Jelena Jankovic, the world number eight admitted that for the moment she is focussing on tennis.

"Right now, tennis is my number one goal," said Williams. "I actually haven't done anything in acting in a while because I have been so focused.

"You know, I wasn't making as much money (acting). So I got to go back to the bread and butter.

"Like I always said I love tennis. I just love the sport. More than anything I love winning."

The rekindled desire to concentrate on tennis has delivered two titles this year with the first in Bangalore in India last month, while the victory in Miami equalled Steffi Graf's record of five titles.

"It should be named the Serena and Steffi stadium," Williams joked. "Steffi was my role model.

"To be compared as one of the best players of all time is nothing I would ever...it's such a good honour. My goal is just to do everything that I need to do on the court and do it right.

"I feel really comfortable here.

"I've been trying to feel this comfortable at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, which I'm bound to do."

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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