07/13/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 22:56
By Paul D. Bowker | July 13, 2018, 4:01 a.m. (ET)
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams goes after a 24th Grand Slam title on Saturday at Wimbledon.
Williams is seeking her third consecutive women's singles championship at Wimbledon, though the first two came in 2015 and 2016. She did not play in the 2017 tournament because she took more than a year off from the professional tour to give birth to her first child. If Williams wins the title, she will tie Margaret Court with the most Grand Slam singles titles by any tennis player in the Open Era.
Williams advanced to the final with her 20th consecutive Wimbledon win in Thursday's semifinals against Julia Görges of Germany.
Also chasing a title this week is 2012 Olympian John Isner in men's singles. He faces Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the semifinals on Friday. A win would put Isner in Sunday's final against second-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain or Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
'This is amazing,' Isner told the New York Times. 'It's by far the best Grand Slam I've ever played in my career, and I've been playing (professionally) for 11 years.'
Williams and Isner aren't alone. Four other Americans are in title contention in doubles events.
Three-time Olympic medalist Mike Bryan and two-time Olympic medalist Jack Sock are playing in the men's doubles final Saturday against New Zealand's Michael Venus and South Africas's Raven Klaasen.
Also in the running for doubles titles are Abigail Spears, who is playing in women's doubles with Alicja Rosolska of Poland, and Nicole Melichar, who is playing in women's doubles with Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic. The semifinals are Friday.
TV: 8 a.m. ET Friday, 9 a.m. ET, Saturday, ESPN