Serena Williams is the owner of 23 Grand Slam, just below Margaret Court’s record of 1 title. But the problem lies in that, the last time she was crowned in this arena is the Australian Open 2017, which is more than 3 years ago.
Three years without a Grand Slam
Serena Williams took the throne in Melbourne that year when she was about 2 months pregnant (and she didn’t know). The American tennis player retired for a year before re-appearing at Roland Garros 2018. Since then, this one-child mother has attended all 8 Grand Slams and reached 4 finals, but lost. The distance of a Grand Slam is very close but very far.
Time does not wait for anyone, especially the players about to turn four weeks like Serena. With the 2020 Wimbledon canceled (for the first time since World War II), The American star will have to wait until the US Open 2020, when she turns 39, to have the opportunity to balance Margaret Court’s record, and then a week later, Roland Garros. But with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, no doubt the two tournaments were able to take place as expected.
Serena’s path to the golden age has not been easy since she gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in 2017. In addition to the inevitable changes, She faces a generation. only younger than her to over 10 years old. Those were players who competed on the basis of strength and stamina that were no different from her in her prime.
Last year, Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon final but lost to the uniform of Simona Halep with a score of 2-6, 2-6. Her level is still there, but not enough to dominate as when she had not yet given birth. After Wimbledon 2019, she reached the US Open 2019 finals with only a set of matches but ended up falling in front of heaven.
It was a 3-6, 5-7 defeat against 19-year-old talent Bianca Andreescu, in a match where she made twice as many mistakes as the opponent (33-17), and won a breakpoint by half (3- 6).
Serena needs to change
What about now? World tennis has been and will be freezing for at least a few months. This will greatly affect the performance of the players, especially those like Serena who play best only when played much. If she plays at Wimbledon next year, then she’s about to turn 40. When the All England Club announces the cancellation of Wimbledon, she briefly wrote on Twitter, “I was shocked.”
Perhaps this time of rest will give the American sta time to look back on the biggest obstacle in the Grand Slam arena over the past 3 years: Her own mind. Without injury, fitness is considered the strongest point of Serena Williams, but that makes the defeat against Andreescu at Flushing Meadows last September become hard to accept: She was no longer himself. Halep previously defeated Serena at Wimbledon 2019 with almost perfect tennis, but admittedly the American star was very different from when she lost to Naomi Osaka in the US Open 2018 final.
The problem with Serena is not simply the pressure of chasing Margaret Court’s record. A Grand Slam championship at this time is extremely important to mark her revival, after experiencing one of the most painful failures of her career: Eliminated Wang Qiang in round 3 Australian Open 2020. It is worth mentioning that Serena arrived in Melbourne with great motivation after having just won the ASB Classic, ending 3 years empty-handed.
After that defeat, coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that Serena Williams needs to change his strategy and tactics. “Her level is still there, but we will have to find out what’s going on, and why she can’t win the big title. Between the final and the championship is a huge gap, “the coach told the BBC.” She believes she can do it, and I believe so. But we will have to change a few things. ”
Serena once proved herself to be an extraordinary tennis player, returning to the top despite being nearly dead from a blood clot. But now, she will enter another war, a war against time.
In any case, Serena is still a “longevity tree”.
With the ASB Classic championship earlier this year, Serena Williams became the first player in history to win the WTA singles title in four different decades. Specifically: She won 5 titles in the 90s (1 Grand Slam), 30 titles in the 2000s (10 Grand Slams), 37 titles in the 2010s (12 Grand Slams), and 1 in the decade 2020. In total, Serena Williams has won 73 titles, including 23 Grand Slam.
In addition, she is also the number one female tennis player in history in terms of the amount of money earned in her career. In total, she pocketed $ 92,715,122, far ahead of her successors like Venus Williams ($ 41,805,656), Maria Sharapova ($ 38,777,962), and Simona Halep (36,551,855).
How Wimbledon 2020 was canceled has impacted Serena Williams’ chance of setting a record of Grand Slam titles. Certainly, the American star will face more difficulties in catching up and passing the milestone that the legendary Margaret Court is holding.
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