Serena Williams is adamant that she can cope with the pressure of going for a calender Grand Slam as she eyes the third Grand Slam of the year at Wimbledon. Williams has swept Australian and French Open triumphs over the last six months and the world number one returns to the All England Club with two major titles of becoming the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to claim the four top titles in one year. The 33-year-old American has also won the US Open to end 2014 on a high note and will be looking to continue that dominant run by taking the Wimbledon title for the sixth time in her illustrious career.
“Personally, it doesn’t make it feel any different, which I think is a good thing because I don’t feel any pressure to win all four,” Williams said Saturday. “I’ve been saying that, but I really don’t feel that pressure. Maybe if I would happen to win here, then maybe I might start feeling it after that.”
“I think the fact that I lost so early the past couple years definitely makes me motivated,” said the top-ranked and top-seeded Williams, who is 32-1 this season. “But I think that also gives me a little less pressure because I haven’t done well here in the past two years. It makes me feel like, ‘OK, I’ll be fine. I have nothing to lose here.”
Her first match this year will be against Margarita Gasparyan, a 20-year-old Russian ranked 113th in the World.
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