Serena excited about Grand Slam hopes
NEVER one to talk about impending records, Serena Williams has admitted the prospect of becoming the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win a calendar year grand slam was well and truly on her radar.
Asked about the prospect after beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 to win her sixth Wimbledon crown and 21st grand slam title, the world No.1 (pictured) said it would be hard not to think about the opportunity in the lead-up to the US Open.
"When I was younger that was definitely a goal of mine, to win the Grand Slam. It's become more of like a distant dream, fable kind of thing. I've never been this close, so we'll see," she said.
Williams, who at 33 became the oldest grand slam champion since Martina Navratilova, also said the biggest obstacle to achieving the feat could be herself.
"I can always stop myself. So that's why I kind of just try and stay positive on the court and stay really focused and as calm as I can," she said. "Physically, I feel really good so I'm interested to see how I'll feel going into the hard-court season."
The American said regardless of whether she achieved the grand slam, winning her second 'Serena Slam' - all four major titles in succession - for the second time was a huge thrill.
"Yeah, I totally surprised myself. I'd have never thought I would have won another Serena Slam, never," Williams said.
"Even after the French Open I didn't think about winning a Serena Slam so that's super surprising."