Williams sets sights on Wimbledon

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Published: Sunday 7th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Serena Williams is focused on rectifying her Wimbledon woes and winning all four grand slams this year after the American beat Lucie Safarova to claim her third French Open crown.

Williams held off a late fightback to come through 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 against Safarova on Court Philippe Chatrier and claim her 20th major title overall.

The world number one is now only two short of Steffi Graf’s 22 grand slam triumphs and Margaret Court’s all-time best 24.

Success at Wimbledon, where Williams has been crowned champion five times, would keep her course for a first calendar Grand Slam after she also lifted the Australian Open title in January.

The All England Club has not been so kind to Williams in recent years, however, after she failed to make the quarter-finals in three of the last four tournaments.

“I haven’t done great at Wimbledon the past two years so I’m going to take it a day at a time there,” Williams said.

“My goal is just to do better than the last couple of years, do one more and one more and one more.

“That’s the one I have been struggling at, so hopefully I will be able to play a little better there.

“The tournament is perfect for my game so now that my arm is better I’m hoping to get better there.”

Williams added: “I think it will be awesome (to win all four grand slams in a year), but at the end of the day it’s pretty awesome to have 20.

“Obviously I would love to win a Grand Slam.”

Williams’ victory in Paris was far from smooth as Safarova won an unexpected tie-break in the second set before taking a 2-0 lead in the decider.

Double faults and unforced errors crept into Williams’ game and she let her frustration boil over, picking up a warning from the umpire for a number of expletive-ridden outbursts.

Her colourful language was picked up by television viewers at home but the American stopped short of issuing an apology after the match.

“I got so frustrated,” Williams said.

“I was just so angry at myself. I pretty much gave the match away.

“I think she played really well but at the same time, I gave it to her.

“I started hitting double faults. I was really frustrated with myself.

“I just had to like try to pull it together.”

Safarova was playing her first grand slam final and the Czech will take heart from an excellent run at Roland Garros, which included surprise wins over Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic.

The world number 13, however, has now lost all of her nine matches against Williams and she believes her opponent can win the calendar Grand Slam this year.

“She’s a great player,” Safarova said.

“She has obviously got the experience. She won all those grand slams already.

“I think she can do it. If she’s at her best and is in great shape, she’s playing the best tennis.”

There was some consolation for Safarova after she won the women’s doubles final on Sunday, teaming up with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to beat Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6 6-4 6-2.

Published: Sunday 7th June 2015 by The News Editor

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