Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Serena Keen to Be Queen on Green

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Serena Keen to Be Queen on Green

Article excerpt

SERENA Williams gave the impression of being impatient to start her Wimbledon campaign as she targets an historic fortnight in London.

The 34-year-old American sealed a self-described 'Serena Slam' last year with her victory over Garbine Muguruza in the All England Club final. It followed her 2014 US Open win and triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open early in 2015, making Williams champion of all four majors at the same time, for the second time in her career.

Hopes of a calendar Grand Slam of all four majors in the same year were left in tatters by a startling US Open semi-final loss to Italian Roberta Vinci, and defeats by Angelique Kerber in January's Australian Open final and to Muguruza in this month's French Open final have left questions being asked of Williams.

She is achieving more in a period of supposed decline than most will fit into a career, and few would bet against her winning another slam to match Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 majors. …

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