Serena Williams on fast track to break Margaret Court’s record

Martina Navratilova says if anyone can do it it would be her

Serena Williams’ Australian Open victory was her 19th singles title. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

Serena Williams’ Australian Open victory was her 19th singles title. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

 

Serena Williams can break Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles despite being five short at an age when most players have retired, according to Martina Navratilova.

American world number one Williams has bagged 19 singles slams, the most recent coming at this year’s Australian Open.

Logic suggests that, at 33, time is running out but Navratilova, who won 18 singles majors, believes the way Williams plays is key to her chances of reaching the milestone.

“It’s possible, given the way she plays,” Navratilova said in an interview in The Independent on Tuesday.

“It’s fast tennis. She doesn’t have to grind it out: big serves, big returns. The trick for players (playing against her) is to get into the point with her.

“But if anyone can do it, it will be her, with her technique and her physique and her mental ability and drive.”

Navratilova, who recently ended her coaching role with Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, said Williams had flourished since joining up with Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou three years ago, winning six of the last 11 grand slams since.

“She seems to believe in herself more,” Navratilova said. “The biggest difference I see from the outside is her steadiness

“She allowed herself to evolve with his help. She’s really trusted him to make the changes or adjustments.”

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