The Serena Williams quest for a fourth-straight major tennis title and a possible calendar Grand Slam is now six matches away. She was supposed to breeze through the first round Monday at Wimbledon, and she did.
She beat a 20-year-old Russian qualifier, Margarita Gasparyan, 6-4, 6-1, and counted blessings about her recent success, which are victories in each major since last year's U.S. Open.
"I couldn't have dreamt of having a better 12 months," she said.
She fielded the usual questions about the importance of keeping her string of Grand Slam tournament victories going and did her best to downplay it.
"I just always...