A day ago, Serena Williams announced her retirement from tennis and said she will put up her tennis racquet after the US Open. The 40-year-old is regarded as the best tennis player to have ever played and has amassed 23 grand slam victories in her career. This season, Serena returned to Wimbledon after a year away, and the topic of conversation was once more her eagerly anticipated 24th major victory.
To match Margaret Court’s record of the most major victories, Serena has been seeking the elusive 24th major victory for the past five years, but despite several close calls, she hasn’t yet tasted success. Serena, who played her final match in Canada this week at the Canadian Open, fell to Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in straight sets, 2-6, 4-6, in the second round.
Pam Shriver cites Serena Williams as inspiration for on-court interviews for losing players
Serena Williams was interviewed on court after her second-round defeat to Belinda Bencic at the Canadian Open on Wednesday. Former doubles World No. 1 Pam Shriver, while happy to see Williams being spoken to following her defeat, has called for a change in rules to allow the losing players in all matches to be interviewed on-court going forward.
After her on-court interview, the 60-year-old hoped that Williams, who plans to retire from the sport after the US Open, had accomplished another triumph. Shriver, who is presently employed by ESPN as a commentator, posted her opinions on social media.
“For years efforts to hear from the player who comes in second has been a challenge. It’s usually been no by tennis establishment. @serenawilliams maybe will start another positive trend. Obviously tonight special circumstances, but still fans want to hear from both players,” she tweeted.