Craig Kardon: Serena Williams definitely has a shot any time she is in a Slam



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Craig Kardon: Serena Williams definitely has a shot any time she is in a Slam

American coach Craig Kardon, who has coached several former tennis champions and is currently working with American Coco Vandeweghe, says Serena Williams definitely has a chance to win another Grand Slam title when the tennis circuit resumes.

American coach Craig Kardon on Serena Williams' Grand Slam chances

Speaking to Tennis.com, Kardon says, “I think Serena definitely has a shot, any time her name is in a Slam. She's got a big game. The thing for her is balancing her family, and the training, and making sure she's fit and not getting injured.

She's a complete player. She competes unbelievable in the biggest moments, and a champion does”. Speaking on Vandewegehe, who he is currently working with, Kardon says she is back to training and physically fit but needs to work on her mental side.

"Physically [she's] 100 percent but mentally, trusting her body when you've been off that long, it's pretty tough. But now, she's had a chance to rest more. She wants to prove to herself that she can return to where she wants to be.

She's fresh. She's motivated. She wants to win. Her strength is her serving, her powerful groundstrokes and her ability to adapt her game. The thing she has to work on is her ability to concentrate—not only through a match, through three sets, but through a tournament.

She has proved she's capable of beating the top players, now she needs to have that self-belief during a match and during a tournament. And also to keep her work ethic at a level to where she does not have any holes in her game."

Kardon has worked with several former greats in the game. He worked with Martina Navratilova, helping her reach the Wimbledon finals in 1989 and winning the Wimbledon title in 1990; he helped Frenchwoman Mary Pierce reach the Top 10 in the rankings in 1997 and has also worked with others such as former Wimbledon semi-finalists Alexandra Stevenson and Xavier Malisse; and Russia's Maria Kirilenko.

He was also the USTA National Coach from 1998 to 2002. Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career so far and is one title short of the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles held by Australia's Margaret Court.

Serena has lost the last four Grand Slam finals she has reached since returning to the tour after becoming a mother. She is considered by many to be the Greatest Player in women's tennis.