• Serena Williams looks to tie Margaret Court's record
  • Serena will try to end a three-year Majors drought
  • Serena will begin her quest in Australia at the 21st

Serena Williams has her goals set in the upcoming Australian Open which happens on the 20th of January. Apart from ending a three-year Majors dry-spell, the former world No. 1 is setting her sights on matching Margaret Court's record for most Grand Slam titles won in the sport.

Williams currently has 23 titles, the last of which came in Melbourne in 2017 where she defeated her sister Venus in the Championship match whilst being eight-weeks pregnant.

"It's meant a lot to me for a while and now it is just about getting over that one hump," Williams told a number of reporters as published by ESPN. "I'm almost there, and I'm confident that I'll get there."

Her last taste of a Majors triumph in 2017 made Williams the oldest ever to win a Grand Slam. But since then, she has suffered defeats four times in the prestigous tennis events: twice in Wimbledon and twice in the United States. She also fell short at the All England Club and Flushing Meadows last year where she finished as a runner-up in both events.

For Serena Williams, her loss in her most recent match, which was against teenager Bianca Andreescu in New York four months ago, served as a wake up call just in time for the first Grand Slam event of the year.

"It was tough for me," she said. "I really felt like I was close but I didn't really show up in those matches, and so I have to figure out a better way to compete in those."

At 38, Williams has been juggling her tennis career with her duties as a mother to her two-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia who is with her in Auckland.

Williams will begin her 2020 singles campaign when she faces two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova on the 21st.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 5, 2019, in Queens, New York City. Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images