Chris Evert: Serena Williams Will Soon Pass Margaret Court's Grand Slam Record

Jonathan Hernandez
March 10, 2018

Eighteen-time Grand Slam women's single champion Chris Evert expects Serena Williams to win at least one more Grand Slam to match Margaret Court's record.

Serena Williams believes now is the "perfect time" to return to the WTA Tour in order to gauge her progress ahead of the year's remaining Grand Slam tournaments.

"You have to stand up and, I heard someone say, have conversations that aren't comfortable".

"Oh, I wish. We're trying, everyone's trying", she says.

It's hard to know what kind of form Williams is in because she's played only exhibitions and a dead doubles rubber recently, but she beat 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in the first round of Tie Break Tens before going out to Shuai Zhang in the semifinals. "I think she's only going to come out when she's at 100 per cent". As long as I am moving forward even if it is at a turtle's pace.

"I would have thought I would have retired six years ago, but I'm still here and I'm playing great, and I think I'll still be playing good".

"Kenya is where I would want the event to take place, adding "it's one of my favourite places to go, so why not?" she said in an interview with BBC Sport". Andy Murray remains sidelined after hip surgery, but Novak Djokovic, who has been bothered by a right elbow injury for months, is now on the entry list for Indian Wells.

Former world number one Williams, who returned in 2012 from surgery for a life-threatening blood clot on her lung and climbed back to the top of the rankings, said she nearly died after giving birth to her daughter in September.

Bartoli, who was forced to pull out of an exhibition event at Wimbledon past year because of a mystery virus and dramatic weight loss, has said she was targeting a return to the WTA Tour at the Miami Open later this month.

Roger Federer insists that eclipsing Serena Williams's tally of 23 grand slams is not a target for his career and he is just happy the American great is still playing. She knows that coming back might take some time, but her level of expectation is high as always.

Zarina Diyas enters this match 3-3 on the main tour and would love nothing more than to get a big victory to kind of get her season going.

Williams was pregnant when she lifted the trophy in Melbourne last year, and missed the rest of the year awaiting the birth of her daughter in September.

"Serena's life has changed. She has a family, she is a mother, she has different priorities now", Mouratoglou said.

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