Good news comes in from the Serena Williams camp as her agent, Jill Smoller, said the American star is recovering well and will be back in action soon.
Serena had suffered a leg injury in the 1st set of her opening round match at the 2021 Wimbledon. Playing on the Centre Court, which earlier saw the mid-match retirement of Adrian Mannarino due to a similar injury that saw the Frenchman retire forcefully, Serena faced a similar fate after slipping in the starting games.
Serena did try to continue playing but the pain overcame her and she had to tearfully hand over the match to her opponent, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who made it till the 4th round at the Championships before bowing out.
Jill while answering a journalist said, “Serena’s doing great. She’s just doing rehab and will hopefully play at the US Open.”
Serena Williams to miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Serena’s Olympics fate had been sealed even before this year’s Wimbledon began after her name was omitted from the initial roster of tennis players for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While many doubted if her performance at Wimbledon could swing the decision, her injury withdrawal made sure that the 4-time Olympic Gold Medallist will not be travelling to Tokyo this year.
However, with the confirmation given by her agent Jill, Serena looks certain to recover and play at the 2021 US Open where she chases her 7th title that will make her the most successful women player at the Grand Slam as she currently is tied on 6-titles along with compatriot Chris Evert who won her 6 titles in a span of 8 years.
Serena has been long stranded on the 23-Grand Slam titles which she achieved her 7th Australian Open title at the 2017 Australian Open where she won the title being pregnant for roughly 8 weeks. She reached two more Grand Slam finals at the 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon and 2018 and 2019 US Open but failed to win them as she continues chasing Margaret Court‘s tally of 24 Grand Slam titles.
With the US leg of WTA tournaments on Hardcourts set to begin from the 1st week of August and the US Open scheduled to begin from 30th August 2021, Serena will look to rest well for the remainder of July and get back well in time to chase her record-breaking 7th US Open title in 6 weeks’ time.