Serena eyes place in history against Venus
Serena Williams will have her eye on a place in Wimbledon history when she attempts to defend her women's singles title against sister Venus on Saturday.india Updated: Jul 04, 2003 20:17 IST
Serena Williams will have her eye on a place in Wimbledon history when she attempts to defend her women's singles title against sister Venus on Saturday.
"It will be great to defend a grand slam title for the first time," said Serena, who also holds the U.S. Open and Australian titles.
"I've always loved to make history and I want to be among the few people who have achieved this feat," added the 20-year-old American, who won a grudge semi-final against Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne on Thursday.
Only Venus, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King have successfully defended the women's Wimbledon title since the game turned professional in 1968.
"I am really happy that I've made it to the final of Wimbledon again and to have this opportunity. I really needed to stay focused throughout the match," added Serena.
The match will be the sixth grand slam final in which she has faced older sister Venus. Venus won the first, at the 2001 U.S. Open, but Serena has won the last four, including last year's Wimbledon final.
"It's not easy for me to play someone I care so much about," Serena said. "Venus is playing really well. She's played extremely well throughout the two weeks.
"If I'm going to beat Venus tomorrow I'm going to have to serve and return really well and get as many balls back as possible because Venus runs a lot of balls down.
"I can't afford to be 70-80 percent. If I'm not 100 percent, it's going to be hard for me to win.
"A good night's rest is important. I'll have the same routine as I've had every day. I'll practice for 30-35 minutes, eat and focus."
First Published: Jul 04, 2003 20:17 IST