Serena enters Wimbledon with Slam milestone looming


Nick McCarvel, Special for USA TODAY Sports
6:11 p.m. EDT June 26, 2016

Roger Federer returns from injury for the upcoming Grand Slam.

A year ago, having hoisted her 21st Grand Slam trophy into the air, Serena Williams left Wimbledon holding all four major titles.

Two weeks from now, the 34-year-old ranked No. 1 in the world could walk away from the All England Club with no current majors to her name, which would be deemed a drought only for a great player like Williams.

But is it a drought? And is Williams finding it difficult to cross the finish line when history is attached?

In her unprecedented 2015, Williams was two matches shy of the calendar Grand Slam, and with it a 22nd major title, a milestone in tennis because it would tie Steffi Graf’s Open era record.

Then came her shocking loss to Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals, a three-set thriller in the 2016 Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber and a defeat at the hands of Garbiñe Muguruza a few weeks ago at the French Open.

“When she’s down, usually…

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