Martina Navratilova says she won’t be writing off Serena Williams until she quits, adding she believes she can win Wimbledon this year.
Williams is the most successful player of the open era, winning a record 23 Grand Slam titles.
She is one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record, though, and she went agonisingly close to getting a shot at it when she lost the Australian Open semi-final to Naomi Osaka last month.
During that match, though, Serena produced some of her best tennis for a long time, and Navratilova thinks that bodes well for Wimbledon.
“For me she moved better than she had in years [at the Australian Open],” Navratilova told the Tennis Channel of Serena Williams.
“Clearly she was fitter [than she has been]. But Naomi was just a better player on the day. That’s the best she’s played and still lost.
“Maybe that would be harder for her. She did not play badly, just Naomi played the big points a little bit better. But Serena looked great.
“On the grass, that will be more user-friendly for her. Can she break Margaret’s record? I’m sure she can tie it.
“If she wins Wimbledon, with the US Open is six weeks later, anything is possible.
“Does she have it in her? I believe so. I’m not going to write her off until she quits. I think she can do it.”
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