Many people believe that Serena Williams will overtake Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slam titles record, but the WTA founder Billie Jean King is not that sure about it. Serena needs two more Majors to achieve this historical feat and she lost two finals last year, to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and to Naomi Osaka at the US Open.
This year Serena wasted a 5-1 lead in the third set against Karolina Pliskova in the Australian Open quarter-finals. "It's going to be very difficult", said King in a conference call on Saturday about Serena's chances.
"It's difficult anyway because you have to remember Margaret won probably was it 11 Australians, I think. Most of us did not go down there every year. It's apples and oranges to compare from the old days to now. But Margaret has the most.
I don't know where Serena is at. I'm going to be asking her soon when her foot is healed, her ankle, Do you even want to? She has to want it if she's going to get close. Margaret is such a great athlete, was a great athlete, too.
Rosie Casals called her 'the arm' because she had such long arms. I don't know. I have to know what Serena wants. But if she really wants it, if she's willing to pay the price to get fit, get more fit than she is even now...
She's better than she was. She needs to get more fit. If she gets fit enough and wants it, I think she can do it." On Danielle Collins's potential, King added: "Danielle is great. She went to college. I've been following her for a while.
I'm very interested in players going to college. I think a lot of them should go to college. The socialization that goes on in college allows them to come from college to the tour and survive a lot easier, understand the culture, adapt faster.
They're a little bit older, been socialized in college, been on a team. Some of them think of someone besides themselves. You have to remember if you grow up in tournament tennis as a child, if that's all you know, you're always by yourself. That's not good."