what did you miss: serena williams to fall short of grand slam record?

06:30    12 Feb 2019

WTA founder Billie Jean King
American tennis superstar Serena Williams has been tipped to overtake Margaret Court's 24 Grand Slam titles record by many.

However, WTA founder Billie Jean King feels that it will be difficult for the 37-year-old, who needs two more Majors to achieve this historical feat.

"It's going to be very difficult," said King on Tennis World.

"It's difficult anyway because you have to remember Margaret won probably was it 11 Australians, I think. Most of us did not go down there every year. It's apples and oranges to compare from the old days to now.

"But Margaret has the most. I don't know where Serena is at. I'm going to be asking her soon when her foot is healed, her ankle, Do you even want to? She has to want it if she's going to get close. Margaret is such a great athlete, was a great athlete, too," she added.

"Rosie Casals called her 'the arm' because she had such long arms. I don't know. I have to know what Serena wants. But if she really wants it, if she's willing to pay the price to get fit, get more fit than she is even now...

"She's better than she was. She needs to get more fit. If she gets fit enough and wants it, I think she can do it."

Williams lost two Grand Slam finals to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and to Naomi Osaka at the US Open last year.

Tiger Woods takes on Riviera Open in build-up to Masters Tournament

Former world number one Tiger Woods says he is building towards the 2019 Masters Tournament.

The 43-year-old is set to participate in this week's Riviera Open at the Riviera Country Club in California, USA.

“We have a lifting schedule, we have my practice routines,” Woods said on Golf Week.

“Everything’s geared up for the big events instead of getting enough reps and getting enough sharpness to be ready.”

Woods, who won his last major in 2008, which was the US Open, participated in the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open where he shot a 67 in the final round to finish T20 last month.

The 2019 Masters Tournament will be held from April 11–14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA.

“This year I have an understanding of what I can and cannot do,” the 14-time major winner continued.

“Finishing the year the way I did in the playoffs, hitting it like I did was great because I finally built it to a place where I can take a little time off and I know what I’ll have when I come back.

"I don’t have to go looking, searching for something, so that helps a lot.”

Woods made his first PGA Tour start as a 16-year-old amateur at the Riviera Country Club in 1992.

People don't understand – Pep Guardiola defends Maurizio Sarri

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended his Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri.

The Spanish tactician stated that Italian coach Sarri should be given more time following City's commanding 6-0 win over Chelsea in an English Premier League match on Sunday night.

It is the Blues' heaviest loss in any competition since 1991 and Sarri's worst league defeat as a professional manager.

"Yes of course. I know exactly what he wants to do. I think this kind of person - it always helps to make our (Premier League) football better," Guardiola said on Sky Sports News.

"They beat us at Stamford Bridge - and against Napoli last season (UEFA Champions League) - they were tight games. During moments of those games, they were better than us.”

Sarri replaced his compatriot Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager prior to the start of the current season.

"People don't understand how difficult it is. I said many times, my first year was difficult too. Some moments we played good but not consistently," he continued.

"People expect 'Okay, manager arrives, he buys players and immediately come [results]' - it needs time. It depends on the belief from the owners, the people who are in charge; they really need to believe in that.

"The main reason I decided to come to Manchester City is because my bosses, the chairman specifically, I didn't have to convince him. He knows me."

The defeat left Chelsea placed sixth on the league standings, while City climbed up to the top of the table.
 

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