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Williams eyes Roger's record at Wimbledon


Serena Williams. Picture: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Serena Williams. Picture: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Serena Williams. Picture: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

SERENA Williams has extra motivation to win her 17th grand slam singles title at Wimbledon – equalling Roger Federer.

The American reached 16 with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Maria Sharapova in the French Open final on Saturday, ending her 11-year wait for a second title at Roland Garros.

Williams remains two slam titles behind Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who are her next targets on the all-time women's list. Of the current players, only Federer, who leads the men's list with 17, is ahead of her, and that may not be the case for much longer.

The pair both turn 32 later this year, but while Federer's powers appear to be waning, Williams has never been more dominant, winning three of the last four grand slams and only losing three singles matches in the last 12 months.

The 31-year-old thought she had already drawn level with Federer courtesy of her victory in Paris.

She said: "I thought Roger had 16 but he has 17, so I was like, 'Honestly Roger, you have to win this much'. I guess he does and I'm happy for him obviously. It just keeps me going. It would be cool if I could be even with him.

"How awesome would it be if I could do it at Wimbledon. But the competition's really tough. It's not going to be easy for me. I'm going to have to get really serious about my game and be really focused to ever catch Roger Federer."

Williams has had more downs than ups in Paris, from being jeered in 2003 to last year's shock first-round defeat, but this year has been overwhelmingly positive.

She is coached by Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou, has an apartment in Paris, and has earned the support of the Roland Garros crowd.