Serena under no pressure to complete Grand Slam

Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:35pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Such has been Serena Williams's iron-fisted dominance of women's tennis that the American is one Wimbledon title away from achieving a 'Serena Slam' and halfway toward completing a rare calendar Grand Slam.

While Wimbledon was abuzz on Saturday at the prospect of the world number one winning her fourth major in a row, Williams did not want to stress out at the prospect of pulling off a feat she last achieved as a 21-year-old in 2003.

"I don't feel any pressure to win all four," said the 33-year-old U.S., Australian and French Open champion.

"It doesn't make it feel any different, which I think is a good thing," added the world number one, who is being tipped to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to pull off the calendar slam.

"Maybe if I would happen to win here, then maybe I might start feeling it after that.

"Ultimately, I'm taking it one day at a time and I'm not thinking that far."

Dressed in a psychedelic hot-pink and blue skinny tight pants and with her mass of long crimped hair falling loosely over her shoulders, Williams certainly looked relaxed for a woman marked out as the overwhelming favorite for this year's Wimbledon title.

While rival Maria Sharapova picked her out as "the one to beat" and called her achievements "incredible", men's champions Roger Federer and Andy Murray were more cautious.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after winning her women's singles final match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 6, 2015.                      REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol