Great’s Serena Williams’ cheeky career prediction
Tennis doubles the great Pam Shriver claimed the icon Serena Williams could be just one injury away from stopping her illustrious career after a long layoff since his devastating exit from Wimbledon.
Williams did not participate in a tournament since she was forced to retire injured in the first round at Wimbledon after slipping on the grass.
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The 23-time Grand Slam champion shocked many fans when she pulled out of the US Open with the same hamstring injury.
While Williams has said she “hopes to get back on the pitch very soon”, there is no sign of when it will be.
And during the podcast: “The Goat: Serena,” Rennae Stubbs and Shriver spoke about Williams’ longevity and prospects ahead of a new season at the age of 40.
Shriver, who is now a commentator, said she doubted Williams could recover from too many additional injuries so easily.
“Yeah, I think, you know, obviously she’s got to a point where, with what we’ve seen at Wimbledon, with the slip, with the injury, she couldn’t finish Wimbledon,” said Shriver.
“She’s getting to a point where, physically, obviously, she’s walking that fine line, where it’s almost an injury not being able to continue and it’s going to be a tough day for tennis and obviously for her.”
The 22-time Grand Slam doubles winner went on to praise Williams for her influence, not only in tennis, but in the community at large.
“Obviously, she’s a mother, she’s a woman, she’s an entrepreneur, she has a venture capital fund, I believe,” added Shriver.
She is interested in business, she is interested in entertainment. So it’s like a traveling tycoon, who just happens to be the greatest tennis player of all time.
“So, she’s one of the most interesting people I’ve been in contact with.”
Serena Williams stranded on 23 Grand Slam titles
Williams’ withdrawal from the US Open left her stranded on 23 Grand Slam titles, still behind the all-time record set by Australian great Margaret Court.
The 40-year-old has not won a Grand Slam title since the 2017 Australian Open, finishing second four times since.
Even after taking time out that year to have baby girl Olympia, she was expected to once again become as dominant as ever and break Court’s record.
But it didn’t happen that way with Williams reaching four finals – two at Wimbledon (2018, 2019) and two at the US Open (2018, 2019) – and missing each time.
Coach Patrick Mouratoglou insisted it was only a matter of time before Williams returned to the courts.
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