Ivanovic: Serena Williams has to overcome emotional barrier to win 24th Slam



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Ivanovic: Serena Williams has to overcome emotional barrier to win 24th Slam

Former World No. 1 tennis player Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, says that 23 time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, of the United States, needs to overcome the emotional side of things to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title, during an Instagram Live with Barbara Schett on Eurosport.

Ana Ivanovic on Serena Williams' Grand Slam chances

The 32 year old Ivanovic spoke about Serena Williams' chase of a 24th Grand Slam singles title. "I think with Serena it’s more the thought of winning that extra Grand Slam rather than if she is able to.

With Serena she has made so many Grand Slam finals since giving birth - it’s just the emotional side of making that step and actually winning the title." Ivanovic, who now has two children herself, says she does not harbour any ambitions to come back to the tour like other mothers have - such as Serena, Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka.

"I think it is very challenging. I wouldn’t want to go through that. I was out injured for two months and it was hard enough. Some players find it easier to get used to. Some players get injured for a few months, come back and they are as strong as before.

It is very individual but you would think it would favour the younger players because it would be easier to get match fit and into match rhythm." Ana Ivanovic is a former World No. 1 and won the French Open in 2008. She was also the runner-up at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open.

She retired from the game in 2016 as she said she could compete at a level she would like to. Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career and is still ranked inside the world's Top 10. She is chasing the record for most Grand Slam singles title in history - a record which is currently held by Margaret Court, of Australia, who has 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

Williams has lost the last four Slam finals she has reached after her comeback to the tour as a mother. In recent interviews, she has said that she is raring to get back to the courts and compete once again after the tour resumes. The tennis tour has been suspended till the end of July as of now.