Ahead of her attempt to win a second “Serena Slam” and continue her quest for a first calendar Slam, top seed Serena Williams says she is feeling no pressure at Wimbledon this week.
“Personally, it doesn’t make it feel any different, which I think is a good thing ’cause I don’t feel any pressure to win all four,” Serena told the media today. “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,” Serena said. “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. I don’t have many points to defend here. So it’s just like trying to have fun, go through it.”
Serena has won 21 straight matches at the Grand Slam level, and this year she’s 31-2 overall. But she hasn’t won at Wimbledon since 2012, losing to Sabine Lisicki in 2013 and last year to Alize Cornet.
“I don’t think about it so much,” she said of her last few losses at Wimbledon. “Maybe I should. But I don’t like to dwell too much on losses. I just improve and I know what I can do better. I know I can play my best, what I can do different. So, yeah.”
Serena is trying to become just the third woman to hold all four Slams at once at Steffi Graf and Margaret Court. She hasn’t lost a Grand Slam match since her odd exit from Wimbledon a year ago.
A 5-time Wimbledon champion, Serena opens play Monday.
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