A third Grand Slam disappointment in succession
has left Serena Williams a disenchanted and puzzled figure. But she is
determined to somehow recapture her championship winning style in time
for the US Open and get the 18th singles title to tie with
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
This year Williams has gone out in the fourth
round of the Australian Open (to Ana Ivanovic), in the second round of
the French Open (to Garbine Muguruza) and in the third round at
Wimbledon, which was her earliest exit from the All England Club since
Clearly dismayed after her defeat by Alize
Cornet she maintained equaling and even surpassing Navratilova and Evert
remains a distinct possibility and said: “It’s something I’m obviously
going to keep going for. It’s definitely something in my mind, pretty
Williams, who is already the oldest woman ever
to hold the world No 1 ranking, will be 33 in September shortly after
the US Open, which is the last Grand Slam title she holds.
“In Australia, I just couldn’t play,” she said.
“In Paris I played really badly. Here I actually thought I played
better. I came into the tournament in better form. I thought I was doing
pretty decent. I think I’m going to have to watch [a video of this
match] and see what I can do better and what went wrong.”
Serena did not think her defeat in the French
Open last month had any effect on her form here. “I actually feel like
that loss helped me work on some things and see things that I needed to
see,” she said. “I think that loss really helped me and motivated me to
go home and put a lot of effort on the court and work out really hard.”
“I worked really, really hard coming into this
event. I’m going to have to keep working hard. Just because you lose a
match doesn’t mean you stop. You’ve just got to keep going. Maybe it
wasn’t for today. Maybe it’s for tomorrow. So I’ll just keep fighting.
That’s all I can do really.”
Margaret Court (24 titles), Steffi Graf (22),
Helen Wills Moody (19), Navratilova and Evert (18) are the only
women ahead of Williams on the all-time list of Grand Slam champions.