Martina Navratilova says Serena Williams will pass her in major singles crowns: “Sky’s the limit”
The Australian Open, one of the four major championships in tennis, begins next week and Serena Williams is a heavy favorite to win the women’s crown.
If she wins her sixth Australian crown, she will be tied with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert on the all-time with 18 majors overall (the others are Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open).
Martina is confident the 32-year-old Serena will surpass she and Chrissie.
“If she can stay healthy there is no doubt she can go into the 20s, the sky is the limit,” Navratilova told reporters in Adelaide where she will played in the World Tennis Challenge exhibition.
“I know how hard it is once you get to 30, all those little niggling injuries get worse and it’s much easier to have an off day,” Martina added. “But still, she is in her 30s … she is eager and winning is very contagious – once you get really used to it, you don’t want to let go of it.”
I admit it, I never expected Serena to get close to Martina and Chrissie on the all-time list because of her injuries and periods when she seemed to lack motivation.
But the past two seasons, she has been stellar. She’s won the Olympics and for two years running has won the US Open and the WTA Championships. She also won the French Open last year and Wimbledon in 2012.
“At age 30, she had played about half the tournaments than I had played at 30, so she is fresh in tennis terms,” Martina said. “She seems to be playing her best tennis right now.”
Australia’s Margaret Court holds the overall record of 24 grand slam singles titles, while Germany’s Steffi Graf won 22 titles in the Open era.