Court states Ser­ena not the favourite for Oz

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Aus­tralian great Mar­garet Court has pre­dicted nerves could un­der­mine Ser­ena Wil­liams’s bid to match her record 24 sin­gles ma­jors at Mel­bourne Park, clear­ing the way for an out­sider to snatch the ti­tle.

She dis­puted the book­ies’ as­sess­ment that Wil­liams, 37, is the red-hot favourite to lift the Aus­tralian Open tro­phy for an eighth time, tak­ing her over­all Grand Slam tally to 24 and equalling Court’s mark.

“I think it’s a pretty open tour­na­ment and I think an out­sider can win it,” Court said on Sun­day.

Court, now 76, won 24 sin­gles Grand Slams from 196073. How­ever, 13 of Court’s ti­tles came be­fore 1968, when the women’s game en­tered the Open era and fully pro­fes­sional.

For that rea­son many pun­dits be­lieve Wil­liams is al­ready the great­est of all time.

An­other win at Mel­bourne Park would set­tle the ar­gu­ment once and for all, but Court said the Amer­i­can no longer had the fear­less­ness of youth on her side. – be­came

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