It was an unfortunate end to Wimbledon 2021 for Serena Williams after the American star was forced to retire due to injury from the Grand Slam event.
With the 23-time Grand Slam winner now focusing on her recovery, Williams will look to work her way back to full fitness and try to respond at the US Open later this year.
Cruel End to Williams’ Run
It was a disappointing end to Williams’ bid to land an eighth Wimbledon title, as the 39-year-old slipped and injured her right leg on Centre Court. The experienced player was considered one of the favourites in the tennis betting odds leading into the competition, but now punters will be considering whether to back her at the US Open in New York. Many tennis tips will look to the likes of Australian Ashleigh Barty and Japan’s Naomi Osaka as serious contenders for the title at Flushing Meadows. However, there is no doubt that if Williams can put her injury woes behind her, she could well be in contention come the business of the last Grand Slam of 2021.
Questions have been raised as to whether Wimbledon will see Williams return, with the seven-time winner at SW19 set to turn 40 in September. It was not the only slip of that particular day on Centre Court, with France’s Adrian Mannarino also having to retire due to injury, after falling in the match before Williams faced the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Some have suggested the roof at Wimbledon has had an impact on the surface. The 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer himself said he had a “gut feeling” the roof was having an impact on the slippiness of the usually pristine grass surface on Centre Court. It will have been little consolation for Williams though.
Williams Out to End Home Slam Wait
It was 2014 the last time Williams secured the title in her home Grand Slam at the US Open. The Michigan-born star has won the tournament on six previous occasions, with her first success back in 1999. But it has been four years since Williams’ last Grand Slam win (2017 Australian Open), and some are questioning if she will be able to surpass or even equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 major titles.
Wimbledon was an opportunity missed for Williams, especially with Osaka and fellow rival Simona Halep both missing the tournament at the All England Club. Williams is likely to use the frustration and disappointment of Wimbledon 2021 as a motivational tool to respond at the US Open, which gets underway as of August 30th.
The women’s Grand Slams have been pretty open affairs in recent years, and the likes of Osaka and Barty will fancy their chances of going all the way at Flushing Meadows. But there is no doubting Williams’ competitive spirit, and there will be few who want to face her on the hard courts of New York City later this summer.