Tennis - Tennis legend Chris Evert says she is backing Serena Williams to win one more major and tie Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title in Melbourne last year to become the all-time leader in the Open Era but is still one shy of Court, whose 24 Slams span the pre and post Open Era.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Evert says, "I just cannot bet against her. I'd be surprised if she won two; I would bet on her to win one. Who knows how she'll come out of the starting gate. Wimbledon, that would be her best shot because that favors power, rewards power and the rallies aren't long.
She's got the big serve. The U.S. Open is going to be tough because it's on a hard court, it's hot. She'll have to be moving well and be very, very fit." Serena gave birth to her first child late last year and has not played a competitive match since the Australian Open 14 months ago.
She played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the season and also plays one later this week in New York before playing her first tour event at Indian Wells. Evert says, "When you have a child, that's an emotional component that you've never experienced before.
I keep saying this — whenever anybody doubts Serena, she thrives. That gives her more motivation, more incentive and she always comes out the winner." Evert also spoke about older sister Venus, saying that the 37-year-old can have a big year although she lost early in Melbourne.
"She had a big year last year — got to the finals of two majors, got to the WTA Finals. You can understand why maybe her body didn't recover as quickly. She can still have a great year." Also Read - Rafael Nadal Talks About his Decision to Withdraw from Acapulco