Williams was referring to her effort in 2014 to equal the longtime measuring sticks Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who each won 18 Grand Slam singles titles.
“As I said in the past couple years, I don’t want to limit myself,” Williams said. “I think that’s what I was doing in the past. I was limiting myself. It’s just a number. I want to get as many as I can.”
Given the circumstances, if Williams were to win No. 24 on Saturday, it would surely deserve consideration as her greatest career achievement.
“Top of the heap,” Evert said.
But at this unusual stage, the chase for No. 24 seems secondary to Williams’s simply being back in sparkling form so soon after her delivery and medical problems.
“She’s carrying a message and on a platform that is so much bigger than a tournament or a sport,” said Jill Smoller, her longtime agent. “This is about people — male, female, black, white, rich, poor — that are on the floor and don’t know if they can get up and do anything, and it’s about nothing is impossible.”
Asked if Williams was reaching a broader audience now, Smoller said, “Of course.”
“You have icon, absolutely
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/sports/wimbledon-angelique-kerber-serena-williams.html
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