Wimbledon queen targets King

NEW Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is already thinking about winning her 12th grand slam singles title to draw level with her idol Billie Jean King.

The 27-year-old claimed her 11th major title with a 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 victory over sister Venus in the Wimbledon final. It was Serena’s first Wimbledon crown since her double in 2002 and 2003 – when she beat Venus on both occasions – and continued her recent dominance of the slams as she made it three titles from the last four.

The world number two is certainly not resting on her laurels, though. Reflecting on grand slam number 11, she said: “It’s unbelievable. I just feel really good. I feel like now I’m just not even in a competition of how many I can win.

“It’s just now I’m looking at the next goal of someone like Billie Jean King, who is completely my idol. To get to her level and have 12 would be even better.”

Saturday’s triumph put her seventh on the all-time list, but Serena does not think about her position among the greats of the game.

“I’m really just playing for me, whether I’m the greatest or not,” she continued.

“I can’t even put myself in a sentence with the greatest, because I think of people like Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf and Billie Jean King. They were such great champions.

“To even be mentioned with those people is a real honour to me. I feel like I’m really young. I feel like I’m only thinking about my career and continued playing.”

Serena’s victory was the eighth time in 10 years a Williams has won the women’s singles title, while 2006’s final between Justine Henin and Amelie Mauresmo was the only one in that period not to feature one of the sisters.

Serena even had time to win another grand slam title on Saturday, picking up her ninth women’s doubles crown with Venus and fourth at Wimbledon.

“It feels great to win the doubles,” she said. “There’s nothing like winning a title with your sister. It’s really a good feeling.”

Venus was bidding to match King with a sixth Wimbledon singles title. She would have been the first woman to win three in a row since Steffi Graf (1991-93).

Serena, though, believes Venus’ place in history is already assured. “She’s won seven grand slams on her own, five being Wimbledon,” added Serena. “She’s a living legend right now.”

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