Having recently won her 5th title at Wimbledon and the 14th Grand Slam title of her career in singles, Serena Williams could have taken some much needed time off from the game as she look ahead to heading back to the All England Club for the London Olympic Games.
Serena, who has won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games twice in doubles with her elder sister Venus, once in 2000 at Sydney and again in 2008 in Beijing, is looking forward to the singles event this time around with doubts over the fitness of her sister and to complete the coveted Career Golden Slam as well.
Only the legendary Steffi Graf has a Career Golden Slam in women’s tennis and for Serena, who grew up in the 90s idolizing the German phenomenon, emulating her idol might just be the greatest achievement of her career. The closest Serena Williams came to Olympic Games glory in singles competition was in 2008 when she reached the quarter final stages, but for a player of the caliber of Williams, it simply isn’t good enough.
Having spent the better part of 10 months with injuries and complications with her health, Serena bounced back to win the 5th Wimbledon title of her career and with the likes of Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf in her sight but still a bit too far away, it would at least give her some comfort if she could win the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games – she has to be one of the top tennis betting tips to get to the Final now that the Olympics will be held at her Wimbledon stomping ground.
Although she has completed a Career Golden Slam in doubles with her sister Venus, it would still mean a lot to Serena Williams if she could claim the highly coveted title at the All England Club as the Olympic Games bandwagon hits London and the Games Village in less than a fortnight’s time.
Williams is also the favourite to add to her grand slams in August, with the latest US Open odds making her clear favourite ahead of Sharapova and Azarenka.