Wimbledon 2016 will start in a few hours today. In this new season, Serena Williams reportedly felt pressured with getting another Grand Slam in the women’s division.
Serena Williams insisted she felt good and confident while entering the majors tournament in London this year. As the World No. 1 in women’s singles in tennis, she might feel pressured to regain her title.
According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, Williams could be feeling greater pressure in this year’s edition of Wimbledon after falling short in previous majors tournaments. She lost in the semifinals of the 2015 US Open and made the final of both the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year but came up short of winning the Grand Slam title.
Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza defeated her in the last two Grand Slam championship appearances.
For this year, the source reported Serena Williams’ desire to win the title again after almost 12 months. This time, she’ll tie with Steffi Graf on the Open era list and predicted to be en route to overtaking the all-time leader, Margaret Court from Australia.
“Well, this year I don’t feel as much tension as I usually do. Well, there’s some years I haven’t felt any tension either. I’m feeling pretty good. I don’t feel any pressure or stress,” Williams said.
She also mentioned about her losses and how she learned from it to be a better tennis player.
“Well, I think it’s important to learn from every loss that you have. I think in particular I usually do throughout my whole career have been able to, like, learn a lot, to come off, to come back a much better player,” Williams continued.
However, former champion and ESPN commentator Chris Evert noted Serena Williams doesn’t possess the same aura of invincibility anymore. She said Williams doesn’t impose fear to any tennis players anymore unlike before.
Petra Kvitova, two-time champion and 10th seed, cited her strong belief Williams can still make it. In fact, until now, she remains her favorite tennis player.
“Of course she’s the biggest favorite. I think she has the best game to win it here. She will find the way she [is] going to win another final some day. It’s just how it is,” Kvitova stated.
Wimbledon 2016 will officially start in June 27, 11 am GMT/ 7 am EST. See complete schedule here.
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