The fourth Grand slam of the year, The US Open, will be kicking off on August 31. This is a special Grand slam event for the ladies world number one player Serena Williams. She will be playing in this two week long tournament to win the Grand Slam and to equal the Grand Slam record of former German player Steffi Graf.
This US Open will also be very special for Serena Williams if she manages to win as she will not just equal Steffi’s record, but will also be the player in the modern era to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year.
Steffi Graf was the last women’s player to win all four Grand Slams in a year and she did it in 1988. It will be a double whammy for Serena if she manages to win the US Open title at 12 September. She will equal Steffi’s record of 22 Grand slam career titles.
The all time career Grand Slam record of 24 titles is in the name of Margaret Court and if Serena is fit and plays like she has done in 2015, then there is no force that will stop her equaling or going past Margaret Court’s record very soon.
Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of world number one Serena Williams, is pretty sure of her breaking Steffi’s record. He believes that she has it in her to equal Margaret’s all time Grand Slam title record as well. If Serena wins the 2015 US Open, then this will be her 7th US Open title. She will be facing Russian Vitalia Diatchenk, world number 86, in the first night match on Monday.
The French coach has worked really hard on Serena Williams; both mentally and on her game and the results are there for everyone to see. She has won 8 out of the 13 Grand Slams she has taken part after teaming with Patrick Mouratoglou in 2012. She is just a month away from celebrating her 34th birthday and there is no talk of retirement from her side. She has the record of winning four Grand Slams simultaneously and this could be the inspiration that she will be taking on to the field in her attempt to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year.
Williams was not feeling well during the French Open final this year and was sick during the Australian Open final this year. But, this did not deter her from beating the challenge of Maria Sharapova both times to win the slams. Now, with Maria withdraws from the tournament with an injury, Serena would just have to play solid tennis for two weeks to win the title.