10 July 2020

Chris Evert says Serena Williams could benefit from lockdown in her pursuit of 24th Grand Slam

Chris Evert has said Serena Williams could benefit from lockdown and secure her 24th Grand Slam title.

Williams is aiming to equal Margaret Court’s record but has failed to capitalise on opportunities having lost the last four Grand Slam finals she has been in.

Evert said on BBC Two's Wimbledon: The Best of the Championships: "Maybe she will be calmer out there. I think she will have a fresh perspective and approach.

"She looks really fit and in great shape and she seems to be really eager to get back

"So that's the danger zone for a lot of the other players because if anyone can get through these difficult times and these challenges it's Serena Williams, with what she's had to go through in her life. This will be a like piece of cake for her, so watch out for her."

On her return from giving birth to daughter Olympia in 2018, she found herself in the Wimbledon and US Open final but was beaten in both.

Then in 2019 she was once again in the same two major championship finals but was again defeated in both.

Williams’ first opportunity to equal the record will be at the US Open which is scheduled to be played behind-closed-doors from August 31.

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