I'm the best despite the rankings, says Serena
ROME (Reuters) - Serena Williams still rates herself as the best player in the world even though she has been toppled from the top spot by Russia's Dinara Safina.
"We all know who the real number one is," Williams told a news conference at the Italian Open on Monday. "Quite frankly, I'm the best in the world."
Second ranked Williams, who will face Swiss Patty Schnyder in her opening match in Rome, felt she could back up her claim because she owns 10 grand slam singles titles while Safina's tally stands at zero.
Asked which opponent she feared most, the American quipped: "Probably myself. I always beat myself."
The 27-year-old, who has already dabbled in fashion designing and action, said she was thinking about expanding her off-court interests.
"I've been writing, but I haven't been writing. In my mind I've been saying I want to write, but I haven't actually physically picked up a pencil and started writing," the U.S. Open and Australian Open champion said.
"So that is my next challenge, to actually to sit down and do it. No (not my life story). A screenplay. Nothing is impossible."
(Reporting by Paul Virgo; editing by Pritha Sarkar, To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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