Serena Williams advised to make major change to schedule to help break Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams hasn’t won a title since January 2017.

Serena Williams should play more tournaments if she wants to reach Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record.

That is the view of former WTA star Daniela Hantuchova.

2019 was a year of disappointment for Williams as she finished runner-up in three tournaments and played just eight events all season.

After defeat to Bianca Andreescu in the US Open final, Williams shut down her season and will return to action at the start of 2020.

Williams will turn 39 in 2020 and with the level of competition continuing to grow hopes of matching and then surpassing Court’s record of 24 Majors gets even harder.

And Hantuchova feels more match practise is the only way to give herself a better chance in the Grand Slams.

“I do hope it happens for her, as a reward for the champion she is,” Hantuchova told the New York Times.

“But I do believe she should play a few extra tournaments to be able to handle those finals better and so things can come automatically in the big moments.”

Meanwhile, Ashleigh Barty believes there isn’t a ‘new era’ in women’s tennis following her victory at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

Williams was beaten by Simona Halep at Wimbledon and then Andreescu in the US Open final.

Barty won her first Grand Slam at the French Open but the Australian doesn’t think there is a revolution happening.

“I don’t think there’s such a thing as a new era,” he said.

“I think there’s still some domination from some of the older players that actually aren’t that old, they’ve just been around a long time, have been at the very highest level for a long time.

“From my perspective, because I’m one of the fresher faces, it’s nice to have a few fresh faces at the top of the game.

“I think the most amazing thing is the depth in the women’s game at the moment.

“Anyone in the top 20, 30, 40 has the ability to win tournaments, is doing well and going deep in big tournaments.”

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