‘Players are not scared of Serena Williams anymore,’ Martina Navratilova makes bold claim regarding Tennis legend

Serena Williams has not featured in action ever since her first round injury at Wimbledon in 2021.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams

Serena Williams, 23 time Grandslam champion has been one of the greatest tennis players of our generation. The American is yet to win her 24th title, which will draw her level with Margaret Court. Serena Williams’ career has been hindered by poor form and injuries in the last two years or so, as her best slam result has been a semifinal appearance at Australian Open 2021.

Serena Williams has not played a single professional level match since her Wimbledon 2021 first round withdrawal in June. Her ranking will drop out of 200 in the WTA charts, after the conclusion of the Australian Open 2022.

There are questions raised in regards to whether she will ever take to the court again amidst her injury concerns. Now, Martina Navratilova believes Serena Williams does not hold her usual fear factor anymore, given her long absence from tennis.

Martina Navratilova believes players can beat Serena Williams if they produce their best tennis

Martina Navratilova, tennis great believes that as a player gets older, things become more difficult and trickier. The American legend stated that for Serena Williams, things are getting trickier, as she battles to regain top form.

Moreover, Navratilova believes that players are no longer afraid of Serena Williams, and they can beat her if they produce top-level tennis. “Everything gets more difficult as you get older, and not having played for this long, for Serena it’s getting more and more tricky. Other players, they have respect for Serena, obviously for all the right reasons, but they are not scared of her anymore. They will play their best tennis and believe that they can beat her,” Navratilova said.

Serena Williams’ best result in 2021, was her Australian Open run where she reached the semifinals. In the semifinals, she eventually lost to eventual champion, Naomi Osaka. She also withdrew from French Open, and had to retire from Wimbledon in the first round.

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