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Serena Williams: 'I'm really boring now'

Everyone mellows with age, even the great Serena Williams. Williams, 31, says she's no longer the party girl that everyone wants to hang out with.

"I'm really boring now," she said after her second-round win over Alize Cornet in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday. "I used to be fun. I used to be a lot of fun times. For a fun time, call Serena. Now for a fun time, do not call me. I don't know what happened to me.

"I think I just got older and I realized I can't be that fun girl for the rest of my life, you know. I think that's pretty much what it is. Yeah, like you said, I'm going to be -- hopefully, maybe, I don't know -- I could be the oldest No. 1.  I don't know how that goes with the funnest."

Serena does indeed have a chance to be the oldest female No. 1, a distinction that belongs to Chris Evert, who was 30 when she held the top spot in 1985. The top ranking will be up for grabs at the Australian Open, where reigning champion and No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has 2,000 points to defend, No. 2 Maria Sharapova has 1,400 points to defend, while Serena, who sits 1,195 points behind Azarenka, has a mere 280 to defend, a result of her fourth-round loss there last year. If Serena wins the title -- her third straight Slam win -- she'll take No. 1 no matter what Azarenka and Sharapova do.

Maybe then she can let her hair down and have some fun? A Green Day-themed karaoke party, perhaps?

 
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