KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Backpedaling away from comments she made on Sunday about the threat of
terrorism at the Summer Olympics possibly keeping her home, Serena Williams confirmed Monday her desire and intention to compete in Athens.
"I'm 100 percent planning on going to Athens," she said after her 6-4, 6-3 win over Russian teenager Maria Sharapova on Monday.
After winning in the
third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Sunday, Williams told reporters, "My security and my safety and my life are a little bit more important than tennis. And so if it became a real
concern to where I personally wouldn't feel comfortable, then I
wouldn't go to Athens.
"I'm very aware of things that are going on in the world. ... It's
definitely a concern of mine. I'd be kind of naive to say it
The younger Williams sister says hopes to play singles and
doubles at the Aug. 13-29 Athens Olympics. Serena teamed with her sister Venus to win the gold medal in
doubles at the 2000 Sydney Games.
"I can't wait to play singles," Serena reiterated in a Monday press conference. "It will be my first time playing singles.
She added, smiling, "I love trading pins, and I wouldn't miss that for the world."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.