2011 US Open: What Serena Williams Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIJanuary 15, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during Day Eleven of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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What she said:

“Well, I give half to my favorite uncle, and then the rest I probably save it, hopefully. Pray that the banks don't go down. (Laughter.)”

Serena Williams knows just what to do with the $2.8 million she will get at the US Open if she wins.


What she really meant:

“You do know, the Uncle I was referring to is Uncle Sam. Taxes, my friends, taxes.”


What she definitely didn’t:

“You’d think my $1.4 million would prop up the banks.”