World number one Serena Williams is on the right track to defending her Wimbledon title as she beats Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic on Tuesday. The match took longer than expected for the champion to take over, but a win is still a win, as she takes a step closer to equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 major titles.
She’s been struggling prior to Wimbledon, yet remains a favorite to win, which is a testament to her capabilities.
Eight-times grand slam champion Chris Evert thinks the pressure of winning her 22nd major title is getting into her nerves, and it showed for a while as she faced Sadikovic.
Commenting on the match, former tennis legend John McEnroe said, “It was one of the worst serving efforts I’ve seen from Serena. This is what is giving other players hope.”
McEnroe also previously said that he feels Williams is putting unnecessary pressure on herself, which may be why she has been in a slump lately.
Amra Sadikovic is ranked number 148th in the world but was able to make Williams look uncertain at times prior to giving in at 6-2, 6-4.
Williams said, “I would be lying if I said I feel fresh, but I don’t feel fatigue. I feel real hungry, super motivated, and extremely ready to do the best. I never underestimate any opponent. I always expect the best of myself.”
It wouldn’t come as a surprise if indeed the defending champion feels the pressure of winning her 22nd Grand Slam title, but she’s still on the right track considering the circumstances. She certainly does not look concerned about her performance.
“I don’t think it was tougher than I thought. It was definitely tough. She plays an old‑school grass court game. I knew that going in. So when you’re prepared, it’s always a lot easier than not knowing. It was a good start for me. I felt like it was a solid start to go in the right direction.”
Serena Williams is looking on the bright side of things and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou says she’s playing by not thinking about her place in history. “We don’t talk about it at all. Zero.” Mouratoglou said.
“Because there is nothing to talk about. We have a Grand Slam (title) to win, and that’s what’s most important. We don’t talk about the reward, we talk about the work we have to do.” He added.
Williams will be facing compatriot Christina McHale next.
Right now, that is all that matters.
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