Mats Wilander: Wimbledon title could propel Serena Williams to four more Grand Slams
Mats Wilander believes winning Wimbledon would prove the perfect catalyst for Serena Williams to clinch even more Grand Slams.
Williams, who gave birth to her first child in September, has made a brilliant comeback to reach the final at SW19. The American faces Angelique Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 showdown, which she won.
Impressively, the 36-year-old has dropped just two sets en route to the final and, should she prevail against Kerber, will move level with Margaret Court at the top of the all-time Grand Slam singles titles list.
And Wilander believes that clinching an eighth Wimbledon crown would convince her she was capable of winning another four Slams.
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“It does surprise me looking at what she is doing now, but when you think about what she has done throughout her career you can’t be too surprised. She is kind of used to coming back – like Nadal,” Wilander told Eurosport.
“I think if she gets one more Grand Slam then she probably has a few more in her. What Federer did at the Australian Open – you prove to yourself you can win the biggest tournament in the world, or one of the biggest, and then you know you can do it again.
“So if she wins one now, I think she will get another two, three or four most probably. I guess it’s the first one that is hard to know if she’ll win multiple Slams, but the first one is hard to know.”
At 181st in the world, Williams is technically the lowest ranked player to reach the women’s final – although given her stellar record, it’s a statistic that is unlikely to carry much weight.