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Serena Williams will quit while she's still No. 1

By Adnkronos International, Rome (TNS) staff • Updated May 13, 2016 at 9:42 AM

World's women's tennis No. 1 Serena Williams won't take her cue from Roger Federer and will retire from the game while she's still on top, Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou told Adnkronos in an interview.

"I don't know when Serena will retire, also because she doesn't know herself," Mouratoglou told Adnkronos in Rome during the Italian Open.

"But I am certain she'll decide to lay down her racket when she feels shes' no longer the best. She won't be like Roger Federer, who hasn't won a Grand Slam in four years, despite still playing at the highest level."

The 34-year-old Williams one sailed through to the quarter finals of the Italian Open in Rome on Thursday after beating her compatriot Christina McHale, maintaining her bid for a fourth tournament crown.

"Serena has great motivation to win. She still has big goals and wants to beat as many records as possible because she thinks she can," said Mouratoglu.

"But if in the future she were to realise she was no longer the best, I think that will be the moment she retires."

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