Former world No. 1 Martina Navratilova says the thing that impresses her the most about Serena Williams is the fact that the American has won so many Grand Slams after turning 30. Williams, 40, is a 23-time Grand Slam champion as she has been on top of the game for the past two decades.
However, Williams hasn't won a Grand Slam since the 2017 Australian Open. “What impresses me the most about Serena is that she's won so many majors after turning 30 because it gets harder as you get older,” Navratilova said, as quoted on We Love Tennis.
Coach labels Williams as the GOAT
Australian tennis legend Margaret Court holds the record for most Grand Slams as she owns 24 in her collection. However, coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes Williams' 23 Grand Slams hold a bigger value.
"Margaret Court was playing at a time when three quarters weren't even going to Australia, where tennis was an amateur sport, when draws were of 16 players. I don't mean to disrespect Margaret Court, but it's another era.
Yes, it would be better if Serena broke her record but, if she doesn't, she will still be the greatest player of all time," Mouratoglou said. Williams hasn't played since Wimbledon but Mouratoglou is confident she still has the game to compete at the highest level.
"Tennis? Serena still has it. The question is how much does she want it and what is she willing to do to get there? Since she has had her daughter, it is more difficult. She has a lot of trouble not putting her life as a mother before her life as a player, which is completely understandable.
I think that's the main reason she didn't win a Grand Slam. Her family comes first and in order to do great things in one area, that area cannot come second. She is pondering and we will see what will come of it," Mouratoglou insisted.