By Jake Davies
- Five Reasons why Serena Williams will win Wimbledon 2018
WIMBLEDON, UK – With the Ladies’ Singles Final just a day away, we looked at the five reasons why Serena Williams will walk away with the title on Saturday.
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Williams has a point to prove in Saturday’s final
Serena Williams will return to Grand Slam glory on Saturday is because the 23-time Grand Slam champion really has a point to prove. During the 14 month absence from the tour, Williams gave birth to her first child and there was growing concern whether the former champion would return near to her previous heights and whether she could truly claim yet another major and add to her collection. It feels like Williams really has a point to prove to not only push her body to greater limits but to not limit herself to just one major and keep creating history for herself and for women’s tennis.
Reaching the peak of her comeback in terms of the stability of the serve and the foot speed
It is starting to look like Serena Williams is getting closer to her peak as she moves into a first major final since the 2017 Australian Open. She laid the groundwork at the French Open, where she won three matches against very good opposition, but now we are seeing her serve in full working order, which is amplified on the faster grass courts, but the most impressive thing is seeing Williams’ movement across the baseline on a grass court. Now she is getting into dominant positions far quicker and that allows her to control the course of the points off both wings and maintain her tight grip on those big points.
Williams owns an impressive 6-2 head-t0-head against Kerber
The seven-time Wimbledon champion holds an invaluable mental edge in this match-up against Angelique Kerber. The German may have won her first major title against Williams in the 2016 Australian Open final, but Williams then got sweet revenge in the Wimbledon final of that year where she beat Kerber in a high quality women’s final. Williams actually leads the head-to-head 6-2 and each and every time that Williams has won, she has won in straight sets.
Williams has so much experience in Grand Slam finals and her record in major finals is astonishing
Another reason why Williams will win her 24th major on Saturday is the size of the task that sits in front of Kerber. Williams has played a total of 29 major finals in singles and has come out on top on 23 occasions, which emphasises that Williams simply raises her game for the big occasion, but also has no issue in finding her best tennis on the biggest courts at the biggest tournaments. Kerber has learned to come to terms with dealing with those daunting circumstances, but it is a totally different monster and a totally different opponent in stature when Kerber comes face-to-face with a champion and a competitor in the shape of Williams on Saturday.
It does not feel like just another final for Williams, because she will be desperate to keep on adding to her tally of Grand Slam titles, but what we do know is that Williams has been there and seen it all and is ready to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Williams is chasing history
There is an added incentive for Williams in this final. If she does go on to win her eighth Wimbledon title it would mean that she is just one Grand Slam singles title away from being the outright record holder for most major single title wins, not only in the Open Era, but in the history of the sport. I do not necessarily think that that record is something that eats away at Williams day-in and day-out, but what I do feel is that it is certainly in the back of Williams’ mind and it is something she continues to try to aspire to conquer and it drives her forward and keeps her motivated to continue to accomplish great things. When Williams is chasing something that is within touching distance she usually makes sure that she takes it with both hands.
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