Serena Williams issues defiant statement of intent over Margaret Court record
Serena Williams is not focused on simply matching and breaking Margaret Courts all-time Grand Slam record – she wants to smash it.
The 23-time major winner can match the Australian legends total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won.
On Saturday, just 10-and-a-half months since giving birth to her first child, Williams will take on Germanys Angelique Kerber for the chance to match Courts haul with a title at the All England Club.
But the seven-time Wimbledon is not merely planning on matching the Aussies 24-Slam haul and insists she wont limit herself by setting a finite target.
To be perfectly honest, I havent thought about that this tournament, she said after beating Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4. Not even once actually. In fact, Ive probably forget about it, yeah.
I think thats a good thing because, you know, I put so much pressure on myself when I was trying to get to 18, then the rest, it was so much.
But as I said in the past couple years, I dont want to limit myself. I think thats what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself.
Its just a number. I want to get as many as I can, starting with – I still have a match to win, so Im not even there yet.
Kerber admitted she wasnt surprised to see the 23-time Grand Slam champion back in a major final
Shes always going out there to win the matches, the German said. I think it doesnt matter against who she is playing.
Shes trying to, yeah, playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches. Now for sure she had a lot of big confidence, especially after the matches she won here already.
She know the feeling to going out on this stage where you are in the finals, especially here. She won here I dont know how many times.
Yeah, shes a fighter. Shes a champion. Thats why she is there where she is now.