Sunday, June 29, 2014
SERENA WILLIAMS WANT ANOTHER GRAND SLAM TITLE DESPITE SHOCK EXIT FROM WIMBLEDON OPEN
Top seed Serena Williams have said she is targeting more Grand Slams following her shock exit from the Wimbedon Open.
Serena who lost in three sets to 24th seed Alize Cornet on Saturday, has won 17 Grand Slam titles.
It is only the third time in 15 visits to SW19 that Williams has lost inside the first three rounds; she was beaten at the same stage in 1998 and 2005.
She stands one behind Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova but five short of Steffi Graf's open era record of 22.
"It's something I'm obviously going to keep going for," said Williams. "It's definitely something in my mind, it's pretty important."
"I think everyone in general plays the match of their lives against me," said Williams. "I just have to always, every time I step on the court, be a hundred times better. If I'm not, then I'm in trouble."
The defeat to Cornet is only the third time in 15 visits to Wimbledon that Williams has lost in the early stages.
It means she has failed to reach the quarter-finals of this year's first three Grand Slams.
Williams was knocked out in the fourth round of the Australian Open and lost in the second round at Roland Garros. Her early exit from Wimbledon means she will have to successfully defend her US Open title in August if she is to add to her grand slam tally this season.
The shock losses suffered by top two seeds Serena Williams and Li Na have left Maria Sharapova with a smooth passage and the Russian is primed to win her second Wimbledon title, 10 years after winning her first as a 17-year-old.
Sharapova has dropped just seven games in her three matches thus far and the imperious Russian will be confident of winning her sixth grand slam in the absence of her nemesis Williams.
The 27-year-old is on the wrong end of a 16-2 head-to-head record against the American with her only two triumphs coming in 2004, the first of which saw her crowned Wimbledon champion.