Serena aims to catch legends Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert

Some were surprised that it took Williams till now to return to the top of the rankings considering the excellence of her run in the second half of 2012. During this she won two Grand Slam titles, the Olympics, and the WTA Championships season-end title, and captured seven titles altogether.

updated: February 18, 2013 16:30 IST
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Dubai: Serena Williams may be the oldest player ever to become world number one on the WTA rankings but she is still young enough to match the Grand Slam achievements of two legends, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

That is the 31-year-old's ambition, says her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, now that Williams has recovered from her fitness disasters of 2010 and 2011 and has reclaimed the top spot on Monday.

After winning Wimbledon and the US Open last year, Williams' total of Grand Slam titles has risen to 15, only three fewer than Navratilova and Evert, who together are second on the all-time list behind Steffi Graf with 22.

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