World number one Serena Williams
World primary Serena Williams displays no sign of slowing down with age and must win more than 20 grand slam singles titles, former nice Martina Navratilova has said.
The 57-year-old Navratilova who won 18 grand slam singles titles, and forty one in women`s and combined doubles, is also assured the 32-year-old Williams will equal her singles haul on the Australian Open, which starts subsequent week in Melbourne.
“If she can stay healthy there is not any doubt she will be able to go into the 20s, the sky is the limit,” Navratilova instructed reporters in Adelaide the place she’s going to play on the earth Tennis problem exhibition in a while Tuesday.
“I know how arduous it’s if you get to 30, all these little niggling injuries worsen and it`s so much more uncomplicated to have an off day.
“However nonetheless, she is in her 30s … she is keen and successful could be very contagious – once you get actually used to it, you don`t wish to let go of it.”
Australia`s Margaret courtroom holds the overall file of 24 grand slam singles titles, whereas Germany`s Steffi Graf gained 22 titles within the Open generation.
Williams is widely regarded as the perfect participant of her era and has been virtually unchallenged within the modern technology, with her powerful sport proving tough to defuse for a lot of counterparts on the WTA tour.
The American, on the other hand, has also been hampered by means of quite a lot of critical injuries, including knee damage in 2010 and minimizes foot that compelled her to miss nearly a year on the tennis circuit in 2010-2011.
Sarcastically it used to be those injury-enforced layoffs that could be helpful in prolonging her profession, Navratilova instructed.
“At age 30, she had performed about half the tournaments than I had performed at 30, so she is fresh in tennis terms,” she said.
“She seems to be playing her perfect tennis at the moment.”
Former world number one Tracy Austin echoed Navratilova`s sentiments and said she felt Williams, who beat rivals Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka to win closing week`s Brisbane international, was once being influenced by the document books.
Williams poignantly saluted compatriot Billie Jean King when she received her fifth, and latest, Australian Open title in 2010 to sign up for King on 12 grand slam titles pronouncing on the time that she had informed King `I tied you` after her victory over Justine Henin.
“I really like the fact that she`s 32 years outdated and nonetheless seems to be as hungry, if now not hungrier, than she has ever been,” Austin said.
“At 32, and realizing that she is towards possibly the end of her occupation, she is now enjoying for history.
“Serena likes to be the best at everything and i think she needs to be the greatest participant of all time on the women`s side.”