Serena Williams: 'I can still catch Margaret Court, I'm confident I will get there'

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Serena Williams: 'I can still catch Margaret Court, I'm confident I will get there'

After claiming her 23rd Major crown at the Australian Open in 2017, no one had doubts that Serena Williams would catch Margaret Court's record of 24 titles. Aas we later found out, the American was pregnant while chasing glory in Melbourne, taking time off the court and returning to Grand Slams at Roland Garros 2018.

In the past two seasons, Serena had four chances to catch the Australian, losing two finals at Wimbledon and the US Open each and steel seeking that elusive 24th title of the highest level that would cement her immortal status event more.

Not playing since that tough loss to Bianca Andreescu in the final in New York in September, Serena will kick off 2020 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland against Camila Giorgi, hoping for a strong start and the momentum ahead of the Australian Open where she lost in the quarter-final a year ago.

At the age of 38, Williams is still capable of finishing the year inside the top-10, competing at only eight WTA tournaments in 2019 and making big breaks to spend time with her family. Between 2003-17, Serena claimed seven Australian Open titles, the same number as at the All England Club and one more than the US Open where she lifted six trophies.

The American also stayed competitive at Roland Garros for 15 years, earning three titles in Paris and standing on 350 Major wins so far, looking to achieve the milestone number in the first round in Melbourne. "It's meant a lot to me for a while and now it is just about getting over that one hump," Williams said.

"I'm almost there, and I'm confident that I'll get there. It was tough for me to lose those two Major finals in 2019. I felt like I was close but I didn't show up in those matches; I have to figure out a better way to compete in those."