It is a well known fact that Serena Williams is gunning to equal the record for most number of Grand Slam singles titles which is currently held by Margaret Court. The Australian won 24 Grand Slam titles in her career, and Williams is one behind at 23 slams.
Even her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, has gone on record several times to state that Williams wants to win a 24th singles major. 38 year old Williams has come close - she has reached four finals after her last Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2017 - and she has come up short in all four of those Slams.
But Lindsay Davenport, a former rival of Williams and now a leading tennis commentator, says that Serena's focus on winning a 24th Slam is putting unnecessary additional pressure on her.
Davenport says Serena Williams' quest for 24th Slam puts unneeded pressure on her
Speaking on the Tennis Podcast show, Davenport says, “You know, they are so different.
At some of Margaret Court’s Grand Slams were only played with Australians or small draws. I don’t know, Serena has the Open Era record. I think she has it already. But there’s this fascination to get to 24 or 25 and that’s kind of put this almost unneeded pressure on her."
While 13 of Court's 24 majors came in the pre-Open Era, Serena's 23 Slams is already an Open Era record. Davenport says in the podcast that Serena has done incredibly well by reaching Slam finals after coming back from giving birth, which is a very difficult thing to do, but since the fans and the media are so accustomed to see her winning, her losses in those finals seemed like a disappointment.
The former World No. 1 also said that the current pandemic has not served any of the older players well as it has robbed many players, such as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Williams, of the chance to create history; and goes on to say that it has been great to see so many top players continue to playing well into their mid-to-late 30s, which is a big shift in recent years from the earlier times where top players retired at a much earlier age.
The US Open Grand Slam tournament begins in New York on August 31st and Serena Williams will be among the favourites for the women's title once again.