Why Serena Williams may still have the edge at US Open
August 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Serena Williams' hunt for a record-tying 24th major is back on at the US Open. Her long-time coach tells CNN Online her experience may give her the edge over younger opponents when it comes to bouncing back from lengthy breaks.
(CNN)For the last three years, Serena Williams has been chasing the all-time grand slam singles record of 24 championships held by Margaret Court.
Despite earlier than expected defeats in her first two events back, and though she has lost the last four slam finals she has appeared in, the 38-year-old's huge experience may yet give her the edge over younger opponents at this month's US Open, her long-time coach said.
"We've seen Roger [Federer] being out for six months and winning a grand slam, so those players I think have so much experience, they don't need so many matches to be competitive," said the Frenchman, who has guided Williams to 10 major singles championships.
While Williams told reporters at the Top Seed Open in Kentucky earlier this month that she had really enjoyed the extra time with her family during the shutdown, she never stopped training.
But the strength in depth in the women's game means that there are still plenty of players capable of winning a grand slam title and the added unknown at this year's US Open will be the absence of a crowd, with no fans permitted in the stadiums because of virus guidelines.
"Playing in New York is going to be interesting, because the stadium is huge," said Williams, who is a six-time US Open champion and won her first title in 1999 at the age of 17.
Playing Williams on a big stage, in front of a packed crowd, is one of the most intimidating tasks in tennis for most players, the tension often proving too much, with the fans having helped Williams over the line in big matches on numerous occasions.