There’s a great deal at stake for Serena Williams at this Wimbledon, most notably an opportunity to win a second career Serena Slam.
What’s a Serena Slam, you might ask?
It’s winning a non-calendar Grand Slam – that’s all four Grand Slams consecutively. Williams adeptly performed this feat more than a decade ago during the 2002-2003 season, starting at the 2002 French Open and ending at the 2003 Australian Open.
Also on tap for Williams at SW19 – that’s the zip code for Wimbledon – is a possible sixth Wimbledon trophy, and her first since 2012.
That all seems very exciting for the 33-year-old world No. 1, but truth be told she’d prefer not to be reminded about what next piece of history she’s playing for this fortnight.
“Honestly, I don’t think about it,” said Williams, of the Serena Slam dangling in front of her at Wimbledon. “But every time I come into press, you guys talk about it. So, naturally, it’s definitely getting more on my mind than I want it to be, than what it has been.”
Nevertheless, she did admit to understanding the historical value of what she might accomplish if she does win the Wimbledon trophy.
“So, you know, it’s definitely historic, I guess,” Williams said. “But it’s also six matches away. It’s definitely not guaranteed. I’m just going to try to enjoy holding three (consecutive Grand Slam titles) right now, and enjoy that moment.”
Williams might not be thinking about it, but her math was correct in that she’s already successfully handled her first round opponent, posting a 6-4, 6-1 win over Wimbledon neophyte Margarita Gasparyan of Russia.
This was the point that yours truly, who had the temerity to ask the Serena Slam question, commented, “So I should stop asking?” To which Williams replied with a smile, “Hint. Hint.”
Williams did have some memories of the first Serena Slam earned at the beginning of the Century.
“Obviously, that was over a decade ago,” Williams said. “I think I was a good player back then. I was really aggressive. Obviously, I was doing something right because there were great players on the tour like (Lindsay) Davenport, (Kim) Clijsters, and Venus (Williams). There were so many great players, so obviously I had to be consistent. Yeah, that’s pretty much all I remember about that.”
And while we didn’t have the audacity to remind Williams of another potential feat that could be even grander than the Serena Slam, we can tip fans off. If Williams does indeed win this Wimbledon title she will be three-quarters of the way to nailing down a calendar Grand Slam with the only missing link the U.S. Open in two months time.
Serena wasn’t the only Williams to win with ease on Monday. Sister Venus
Venus Williams (USA)
surrendered all of three points in six service games as she scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over fellow American Madison Brengle.
“Thankfully, everything worked for me,” Venus said. “I don’t think she played badly. I was just able to convert on the important points.”
If the draw holds, the Williams sisters are on a collusion course for a family encounter in the fourth round. Venus acknowledged that she is hoping that match will become a reality for early next week: “It would be great if I can continue to play well and get there, play next week. That would be great.”
And, undoubtedly, with both siblings into their mid-30s – Venus turned 35 earlier this month – it could be one of the last official matches between the two sisters. But until the draw plays out there’s no way of knowing whether that match will become a reality.