Serena Williams Can Tie Grand Slam Record At U.S. Open

Williams, who turns 39 in September, needs one more Grand Slam win to tie Margaret Court's all-time record

JRSportBrief
June 19, 2020 - 7:46 am
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Serena Williams has won a staggering 23 Grand Slam singles titles. But she needs one more to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.

Williams can tie Court at the U.S. Open in New York, which begins Aug. 31 and ends Sept. 13 – just a couple of weeks before Williams’ 39th birthday.

It seems odd to think of Williams as an underdog, but in many ways, she is.

“She had a baby, she was 37 years old when it happened, and it’s such a transformation for a woman both physically and I think also emotionally and mentally,” longtime tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou told JR SportBrief. “You have to get used to that and you have to deal with that and you have to bring your body back in shape. She’s done such an incredible amount of work with such an intensity to get back in shape. I’ve been so impressed because you have no idea about how much effort she put there. She really wants to get that record. It’s on the line. She feels she can do it. She’s been close because she’s reached the last three years four Grand Slam finals. There is clearly something missing still even though she’s close – because when you reach the final, you’re just one match away from achieving your goal.”

Williams has lost six of her last eight Grand Slam finals matches. She lost in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals in both 2018 and 2019, falling to Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, and Bianca Andreescu.

“It’s time to push hard,” Mouratoglou said. “She’s been practicing with professional [male] players. Unfortunately, I’m not in the U.S., so she practices without me, but she’s sending me some videos of her practice sessions and we discuss on the phone. But for all the players, it’s really a special situation. Everybody is going to try to deal with it the best possible way, and we’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Mouratoglou said he will attend the U.S. Open if allowed.

“Yes, I will, 100 percent, if she wants me to,” he said. “I’m saying that because I’m not sure about the rules. I heard there was only one person per player that was admitted. So if that’s the case, we need to discuss. She also wants her daughter to be with her. She hasn’t spent one day without her since her birth, so I don’t think she’s going to do it. So maybe she will go to the U.S. Open with a new coach, a 1-year-old and maybe she’ll have a great success. Who knows?”