Tennis: Serena could be oldest US Open queen
NEW YORK (AFP) - World number one Serena Williams would become the oldest US Open women's champion in the Open era if she defends her crown in the Flushing Meadows fortnight that begins on Monday.
The 16-time Grand Slam singles champion, whose four US Open titles are two shy of Chris Evert's Open-era career record, is a heavy favourite in the year's final Grand Slam tournament.
If Williams wins the final, scheduled 18 days shy of her 32nd birthday, she would pass Australian Margaret Court to become the oldest US Open women's winner. Court won the 1973 crown just 55 days past her 31st birthday.
"That would be great," Williams said. "That's not one thing I focus on and one thing I think about. I just think about how there are so many people in the competition and so many things I would like to do."