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Serena aims to catch Navratilova, Evert

Serena Williams may be the oldest player ever to become world number one on the WTA rankings but she is still young enough to match the Grand Slam achievements of two legends, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

That is the 31-year-old's ambition, says her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, now that Williams has recovered from her fitness disasters of 2010 and 2011 and has reclaimed the top spot on Monday. After winning Wimbledon and the US Open last year, Williams' total of Grand Slam titles has risen to 15, only three fewer than Navratilova and Evert, who together are second on the all-time list behind Steffi Graf with 22.

Now Mouratoglou, who runs a tennis academy in Paris, is travelling full-time with Williams, partly in an attempt to guide her path towards these belated goals. ‘Her main goal is to win as many Grand Slams as she can, as she feels that she still can,’ Mouratoglou said.
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