Erstwhile French tennis player, Marion Bartoli has said the retirement day of America’s Serena Williams from the court will be a doleful experience for the world of tennis.
Williams’s last outing was in Melbourne where she was upended by Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the final four of the Australian Open last fortnight. The 39-year-old mother of Olympia wept after the match against Osaka causing worries and panic in the minds of tennis-loving fans of possible retirement.
The last time the 23 time Grand Slam champion won a major title was in the 2017 US Open against his sister Venus in a 6-4, 6-4, encounter. Since that time, Serena has got to four major finals with bagging her groundbreaking 24th Grand Slam record.
Suggestions concluded the side effects of going on maternity leave has made the American lost the prowess she had in time past, another side said age is not on her side.
“I think if there is more disappointment and if her body is letting her down and if she’s carrying another injury as she did at last year’s Roland Garros, I think it’s going to start to be more and more difficult.” said the 2013 Wimbledon winner on her withdrawal in the 2020 French Open.
The French woman hopes Williams has a second thought and sees how the remaining three majors before announcing her retirement.
“I don’t think she’s made up her mind yet; I think she’ll see how the rest of 2021 is evolving. I can’t imagine when Serena will walk out of the game. I think it’s going to be one of the saddest days that tennis will have to face.” she said.
“I hope she can continue; I love to see her play. I think what’s she’s bringing on the court is far more impressive than just playing tennis. Being a mother myself, going through pregnancy and giving birth, you see how much your body’s changing.” she added.
She lauds Williams’s resilience in her quest to hit a twenty-four Grand Slam record, even after she was put to bed, describing it as a feat.
“It would be impossible for me now to even think about training to get ready for a Major. After giving birth to Olympia, she was trying to get ready and training to win a Major, and that in itself is just an accomplishment only a mother can relate to,” said the 2011 Roland Garros semifinalist.
However, Williams-who is currently the seventh-best tennis player in the WTA rankings- has put her sad Melbourne story behind, as she resumes training sessions with Grigor Dimitrov in preparation for the Miami Open on March 24.