US Open Movie Ranking: four / 5
Patrick Mouratoglou who has been coaching the World no. 2 Serena Williams for quite some time wants the American star to leave Steffi Graff behind and become the leading Grand Slam winner of all time in the female category of professional tennis.
Serena inched a step closer to Graff by winning the American open title on the home soil last month. She had not had a great year before that tournament, but, she was rejuvenated playing at Flushing Meadows and by winning her 18th slam, she was able to draw level with the Czech legend Martina Navratilova.
Serena is still quite a bit away from Graff though. She needs 4 more slams to get to her and 5 more to overtake her. She is not getting any younger now. At 33, she might have passed the best phase of her career. This year, there have already been signs that her body is playing a few tricks. She hasn’t looked the fittest on the court of late.
So, breaking Graff’s record or even equalizing it is not going to be a cake walk for Serena from here onwards. Motivation would also be a big factor. Having already played the game for almost 20 years and having won so much, does she have the hunger to keep going until she gets past Graff? According to Mouratoglou, she absolutely has.
Speaking in an interview, the Frenchman said, “There’s no lack of motivation as far as Serena is concerned. She is very keen to rewrite the history books.”
“To be alright in terms of health and fitness is vital for her, but, she is being taken care of by a fantastic medical group. So, I am that much concerned about it.”
“She will have to get to 23 step by step. She just needs to think about the 19th right now, then the 20th and so on.”
US Open up Video Rating: 5 / five
US Open Video Ranking: 4 / 5
Venus Williams would certainly not like to remember her campaign in the French Open last season. She had a horrible time at Roland Garros in 2013 to say the least. Urszula Radwanska, an unknown player from Poland, had bamboozled her in the opening round and her campaign in the competition was over.
Twelve months have passed since then. Things have changed and so has the form of Venus. She has made her way to the French capital much more confident this time around having won quite a bit in the recent past and that too against some good players.
The 34 year old American won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships despite some of the world’s top players being there taking part in that competition.
In total, Venus has featured in 21 matches this year out of which she has managed to win 15. These are not bad numbers for a player whose best is probably behind her.
The recent victories have helped Venus climb up in the World rankings as well. She is the 30th ranked player in the world at the moment.
Before taking the flight to France, Venus talked to an American sports magazine regarding her 2014 journey.
She said, “This year has simply been awesome for me, probably the best since I have recovered from my illness.”
“I suffered such a situation which no one suffered before me. To get out of that and bounce back, it was always going to be time taking, but, I am glad that finally things appear to be falling in place.”
Venus’ winning percentage in the singles matches that she has played throughout her career is more than 80. That suggests what kind of a player she was before suffering that peculiar illness. She has an Olympic gold medal under her belt as well.