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Tennis Update: Serena Williams Seeks Record-equalling Grand Slam Title in Wimbledon
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Serena Williams aims to rewrite the tennis history books months before her 40th birthday. She will compete in Wimbledon that will kick off on June 28 at the All England Club. Williams seeks to become the second person in the Open era to win 24 Grand Slam titles. She will duplicate the feat set by Margaret Court. Seeded seventh in the tournament, the player has a great opportunity to win her eighth Wimbledon crown. As she does, she ties Court’s record. This is as some of her top opponents either withdrew or had issues with their fitness.
The American may be favored to clinch the title in Wimbledon. But, the field is deep enough that surprising twists might happen. Online tennis betting sites will keep a close watch on Williams’ journey to her 24th Grand Slam crown, as well as the bids of other netters who want to jumpstart their careers by winning the Wimbledon.
Better chance for winning 24th Grand Slam
As Serena Williams captures her 23rd Grand Slam title, she is moving one championship away from tying Court’s immortal record. In 2017 Australian Open, she reached the finals twice. She did this with Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019, respectively. However, winning the 24th Grand Slam was elusive for Williams as she lost all final matches. Despite age slowly creeping up on her, she remains as one of the top favorites in the tournament this year. This is due to fitness issues encountered by some of the favored netters, including world number one Ashleigh Barty.
The Australian suffered a hip injury in the second round of the French Open. She will go to Wimbledon without a grass court warm-up tournament. Reports said Barty is practicing at the All England Club in a last-ditch effort to be fit. Moreover, Romanian tennis star and 2019 champion Simona Halep pulled out of the event. An injured calf prevented her from regaining her fitness. World number two Naomi Osaka is taking time out of the game. She reveals she has been battling anxiety and depression issues.
Players expected to deny Serena William’s historic bid
French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova will be one of the tennis stars who can prevent Serena Williams from reaching the legendary record. The 25-year-old Czech star is on a mission to prove that her conquest in Roland Garros was no fluke. She will also try to duplicate the title run of late compatriot and former coach Jana Novotna. The latter took home the Wimbledon title in 1998.
Fit netters Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina could also give the American a hard time in securing her eighth Wimbledon and 24th Grand Slam title. Another tennis star who is capable of pulling off a surprise is Coco Gauff. The teenage sensation stole the limelight in the 2019 edition of Wimbledon when she reached the last 16 at the age of 15. Now ranked 23rd in the world, Gauff believes that she can again steal the spotlight from other players and feels no pressure to repeat the feat.
Williams will be in for a tough fight in Wimbledon despite the pullouts of some of the favorites and fitness issues surrounding other stars. All eyes will be on her in the two-week tournament with the top tennis betting odds placing the American as a top pick to win the event. Wimbledon is the best opportunity for Williams to tie Court before she reaches 40 and she needs to get her acts together to win it.