Chris Evert: 'Serena Williams is the US Open favorite'

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Chris Evert: 'Serena Williams is the US Open favorite'

In an interview to The New York Post, the 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert commented on Serena Williams's chances to equal Margaret Court's 24 Majors at the US Open. Evert said: "To me, she looked fitter, she was moving better and that serve was on in Toronto.

With the inspiration and determination to get to 24 (Grand Slams), you still have to make her the favourite. I don’t say that with a lot of conviction because she has to be on top of her game for seven matches in a row, and that’s a tougher feat when you get older.

You don’t always wake up raring to go when you’ve been playing 25 years on tour. But Serena at her best is still better than anyone else." On the 15-year-old Cori Gauff, Evert added: "I don’t know if it’d be necessarily great for her to win the Open.

If she continues to play the way she is, have some big wins, still develop her game and be a normal 15-year-old with some semblance of privacy, then that’d be the most successful picture of her. … There’s no doubt there is Grand Slam potential in her, after watching her at Wimbledon.

But I am very cautious because she is so young and so many things can happen between 15 and 20 (years old), mentally, physically, emotionally."