Serena Williams still chasing true Grand Slam Wimbledon

Updated: 06 July 2009 12:42 IST

Even with three of the last four major titles in tow, Serena Williams is still a little bit upset about the one that got away.

Serena Williams still chasing true Grand Slam Wimbledon

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Even with three of the last four major titles in tow, Serena Williams is still a little bit upset about the one that got away.

The younger Williams sister beat Venus for her third Wimbledon title on Saturday, making her the reigning champion at the U.S. Open, the Australian Open and, of course, at the All England Club.

However, a second French Open title and a very realistic chance at a true Grand Slam - winning all four majors in the same year - eluded her.

"I'm really disappointed because I think this is the year I could have done it. And I didn't," Serena said Sunday, a day after beating Venus 7-6 (3), 6-2 on the Centre Court grass.

"I honestly had the biggest chance to win all four than I've ever had in my career."

Over the last five Grand Slam tournaments, Serena has an astonishing 31-2 record. Her only setbacks were a straight-set loss to Venus in last year's Wimbledon final, and a three-set loss to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open quarterfinals.

"I really just basically screwed up. But I can't live in the past, even though I am always still thinking about my quarterfinal match that I could have won," Serena said. "But what can I do?"

What she can still do is repeat her feat of winning all four majors in succession, like she did in 2003 when she completed her "Serena Slam" with the Australian Open title.

"My goal now is win, to keep winning until I get to the French and win the French and then I'll just have another 'Serena Slam,"' the 27-year-old American said. Serena's Wimbledon title was her third at the All England Club - all coming with wins over Venus in the final. It was also her 11th major title overall.

What's next for Serena? Probably more titles. "I never thought I would be at this point where I would think about, wow, I want to win 'x' amount," Serena said. "But for the first time in my career, well the second time, I have a number that I want to reach.

"My first number was reaching Monica Seles, I was finally able to do that," Serena said of claiming nine Grand Slam titles, just like Seles did. "Now I'm looking at Billie Jean King."

King, who was in the crowd Saturday to watch the sisters play each other in a Grand Slam final for the eighth time, won 12 major titles.

But just getting close to that incredible number is a testament to Serena's perseverance.

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