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24-08-2018 | 16:59 Tennis

Navratilova believes Serena Williams can make history

Czechoslovak and American professional tennis player Martina Navratilova thinks, that Serena Williams has all chances to win US Open and make history. She told about it in her wtatennis.com column. "A hard court at the US Open offers a true bounce, and it's also Serena's favourite surface for movement. "That means it's a bit easier for Serena - in comparison to when she is playing on clay and grass - to get some rhythm and to feel like she's match-tough. It’s easier to kind of fake it at the beginning and, by the second week, you don't have to fake it - it's real. "So I think the surface plays in her favour, as does competing at her home grand slam and having an American crowd cheer for her. All of those things will be helpful. Maybe there will also be a greater sense of urgency because it's the last grand slam of the year, and then it's a long way to go until the next opportunity to equal that record, which won't be until January's Australian Open. "She's seeded 17, which is higher than if they just went off the world rankings, but in reality it doesn't really make much of a difference one way or the other. "Victory in New York this summer would also give Serena a seventh US Open title, which would be a record. But I don't think that this US Open is about Serena breaking her tie with Chris Evert on six titles. It's about trying to win a 24th Grand Slam to equal Court - that's the number she cares about. "Where she wins a 24th major is kind of irrelevant. Of course, it would be nice for Serena to have the record number of titles at the US Open - that would be a bonus - but I don't think that's on her radar. It's about 24 and history - that's enough to think about and to play for." Serena will start her participation facing Magda Linette in the first round in New York and could come up against her sister Venus in round three.

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