Serena Williams- One of the Greatest

Serena Williams, born September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.  In 2022, she entered the Wimbledon this year. Keep in mind she hadn’t won a singles match since June 2021. She is 40 years-old now and trying to recapture some of her glory. Personal things have gotten in the way of a continuous tennis career.Williams was the world’s highest paid woman athlete in 2016, earning almost $29 million.

Most notable of those are she married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November of 2017. after announcing in April she was 20 weeks along in her pregnancy. Then in September of 2017, she had a baby girl that they call “Olympia” the baby was delivered by C-section and they baby had a low heart rate but all got better in about six weeks time. After some post-partum depression, it took awhile for Serena to get back in the swing of being a public figure. A coach for her daughter was hired to give tennis lessons and things moved on.

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In 2018, she and her sister, Venus, attempted a comeback after stating she felt ready to play but lost out in the first round. Then she lost at the Miami  Open and Indian Wells again in the first round. She had a slight bit of success at the French Open in 2018 but then again it was Serena Williams and people expected better.

Things were much better in 2019 as she went to the finals in the French Open and Wimbledon but lost both of them. A knee injury sidelined her for most of the rest of the tennis season. Th nest year tennis was held sparingly and she nursed a leg injury. In 2021, it was hit and miss in her matches. the last singles match she won was in June of 2021.

Serena at Wimbledon 2022

Then today happened. Her opponent was Harmony Tan of France. Serena lost the first set 6-1 and won the second set 6-1 and the third and final set went to a ten point tie-breaker. The TV cameras hide nothing. She was visibly exhausted and has many easy shots (easy for most of her career) that she missed or hit into the net. She appeared slow responding throughout most of the match that lasted about 3 hours and 15 minutes. In the final breaker she took an early 4-0 lead only to allow her opponent to win the nest 5 points, She was in trouble and eventually lost 8 games-to-10.

Things brings me to my question. Since she showed slowness and lack of preparation. Is it… Well. I am asking if it is time for Serena to retire? I hate it but also dislike watching her at times like this. It pains me to think about it.

Serena- Grand Slam Titles

Australian Open W (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
French Open W (2002, 2013, 2015)
Wimbledon W (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

 

 

 

About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sportsbook reviews. He also can be followed on Twitter at tknup.

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