Serena Williams still Wimbledon favorite, expected to match Stefi Graf’s 22 majors

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Serena Williams became the world’s number one tennis player fourteen years ago, and she has regained that ranking six times throughout her career. She is now a step away from equaling the Steffi Graf’s record of 22 majors, and 3 more to tie Margaret Court’s 24. She is regarded by the majority of experts and sports journalists as the greatest female tennis player of all-time.

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Williams is known for her powerful serve, which lets her take control over the game quickly.  She has a very aggressive style and she can hold on to long rallies due to her powerful baseline shots and superb conditioning. She is such a dominating player with a tremendous game style that fans have started to wonder why she hasn’t overcome Steffi Graf’s record yet.

Even at the age of 34, physically, she does not seem to be on a decline.

Had she not lost to Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open and with Garbine Muguruza for the French Open title, she would’ve surpassed the Graf’s record by now. Instead, her loss to Kerber was the first time she’s ever lost in the Australian Open finals and the first time to lose successively in grand slam finals after Muguruza beat her in straight sets.

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Serena Williams looked vulnerable in her recent games. She ended up as a runner-up in her last two grand slams, but people could not help notice how lackadaisical she had been. During her match with Muguruza, sports writers felt that it was Muguruza who was actually playing more like Serena Williams.

Despite her poor performances, three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe thinks Williams will be able to pull it off. He believes she’s wearing herself down unnecessarily, and probably over thinking things.  Eighteen-times grand slam champion, Chris Evert agrees. She says, “Something is holding her back, and it could be nerves.”

Both McEnroe and Evert believe Williams will win Wimbledon and find herself to beat overtake Graf’s record and eventually Margaret Court’s 24 titles. To this, Williams says, “I’ve got the same nerves as other people. I sometimes have a fear, a trepidation of going out there or just in general.”

Even Steffi Graf believes Serena Williams still has what it takes to beat her record.


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