Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Chris Evert: Serena Williams Will Soon Pass Margaret Court's Grand Slam Record

Chris Evert: Serena Williams Will Soon Pass Margaret Court's Grand Slam Record

"The competitions she will play until then will help her and every day she progresses on her fitness", he told the Women's Tennis Association website.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is competing at the elite Indian Wells hardcourt tournament this week, her first tour action since her 2017 Australian Open triumph.Williams was pregnant when she lifted the trophy in Melbourne previous year, and missed the rest of 2017 awaiting the birth of her daughter in September.

The American star's time out of the game has been eventful.

"It was good", she said of the experience.

Multiple Grand Slam victor Serena Williams should be match fit and ready in time for the French Open in May, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Williams, who has been absent from Tour since giving birth to her daughter in September, defeated Marion Bartoli - herself returning to action after retiring in August 2013 - before losing to Zhang Shuai.

In an article for CNN last month, she wrote she feels "lucky to have survived" Alexis Olympia's birth, having suffered a pulmonary embolism after an emergency Caesarean section. "I think she's only going to come out when she's at 100 per cent".

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"I don't need any more motivation, I have the best thing I could ever want right now".

Williams has not played on the tour since winning the Australian Open in January 2017, which brought her within one of tying Court for the most Grand Slams all time.

"I just can not bet against her", she said in a recent phone interview with The Associated Press.

"Serena's target (for this year) will be to win grand slams", Mouratoglou said in an interview with

"I think she'll be ready for Roland Garros". I wouldn't be surprised if she wins [at Indian Wells], impressed yes, but not surprised.

"There are three Grand Slams left this season".

"She had a big year last year - got to the finals of two majors, got to the WTA Finals".

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