One of the greatest players of all time, Serena Williams claimed the 23rd Major crown at the Australian Open 2017. The great American had to take a break from tennis, giving berth to a child later that year and returning to action in 2018.
Eager to get back where she belongs, Williams reached four Major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019, losing them all and failing to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Majors. Twenty-two years after cracking the top-10 for the first time as a teenager, the American is still ranked among the world's best players, achieving everything and still battling hard to lift that elusive 24th Major crown.
Martina Navratilova believes Serena can claim the US Open title, although she does not see her with more than 24 Majors on her tally. Following last year's Roland Garros injury, Williams recovered in time for the Australian Open and chased the eighth Melbourne crown this February.
Delivering her best tennis since returning in 2018, Serena defeated five rivals to reach the semis, including notable top-7 victories over Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep! Setting eyes on the trophy, Williams faced Naomi Osaka in a blockbuster clash and suffered a tough 6-3, 6-4 defeat.
Serena made too many unforced errors against the young Japanese, wasted an early lead in the opener and fell short after staying in touch in the second set's opening eight games. With those points, Williams returned into the top-10 for the first time since November, hoping for more chances at Majors this year.
Martina Navratilova backs Serena Williams to claim the 24th Major crown.
Serena turns 40 in August, and she still competes with the same desire, giving her 100% in every match and standing as a role model for the upcoming youngsters.
The American trained with Grigor Dimitrov in Miami in March before withdrawing from one of her favorite events due to oral surgery. Competing in Rome and Parma on clay in back-to-back weeks in May, the American suffered early exits before scoring three wins at Roland Garros to enter the last 16.
Elena Rybakina proved to be too strong, and Serena switched focus to Wimbledon. In another setback, Williams retired in the opening round against Aliaksandra Sasnovich after only six completed games. Serena will not compete in Montreal next week, and she should play in Cincinnati ahead of the US Open.
"I do not think that Serena can win more than 24 Majors, but she can reach that number. I thought she had a great shot at Wimbledon, but it did not happen. If she is healthy, then US Open is her best shot outside Wimbledon. It's about 50-50 at this point," Martina Navratilova said.