Serena Williams has the chance to draw level with Steffi Graff for most Venus Rosewater Dish won in a career this Saturday. More importantly, for the second time this year she finally has the opportunity to draw level with Graff on most Grand Slams won.
For someone as experienced and competitive as Williams, she is unsurprisingly well aware of her opportunity to create history and at 34 will also be well aware that despite her dominance, she may not have too long left at the top of the game. While she will undoubtedly go down as one of the all time greats and as the player with the best serve in WTA history, being second best to Graff will certainly rankle.
Angelique Kerber also has the opportunity to create history. On Saturday she can become the seventh player in tennis history to beat both Williams sisters in the same tournament.
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Steffi Graf and Martini Hingis all managed the feat at the Australian Open in 1998,1999 and 2001 respectively while Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters made history at the Open in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Indeed Clijsters managed the double twice, having also beaten the sisters at the WTA Finals in 2002.
Yet none of them managed to do the double at Wimbledon. Kerber could become the first person to do so. We can only wonder if Serena is aware of this. If she is there can be no doubts that protecting the pride of the Williams name will be a huge motivating factor for beating the German.
Nonetheless, Kerber will undoubtedly be far more focused on winning her first ever Wimbledon. She is more than capable of doing so as her defensive counter-punching brilliance has the potential to cause Williams serious problems. Indeed considering that she has already won the Australian Open this year she will be brimming with confidence despite how she’s going into her toughest match yet.
However one has to bear in mind that Williams is the far more established of the two and has a 5-2 head to head record with Kerber. Serena therefore unsurprisingly goes into the match as ¼ favourite but do not be surprised to see an upset.
By Charles Dew