“It’s a Different Burden”: Serena Williams on Winning Her 24th Grand Slam

Published 02/28/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Former World No. 1 Serena Williams lost in the semifinal of the Australian Open 2021. Her defeat came at the hands of the eventual champion, Naomi Osaka. Due to the unfortunate result, Williams’ wait for her 24th Grand Slam title will continue. 

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Recently, the former Grand Slam winner stated that she was used to the pressure to lift the much-awaited 24th Grand Slam. It was always on her mind and she saw the positive side of it. Although such baggage adds immense pressure on an individual, with time, Serena has made peace with it. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Serena Williams on her 24th Grand Slam title: “It’s definitely on my shoulders”

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The 39-year-old player spoke on this topic and stated, “It’s definitely on my shoulders and on my mind. I think it’s good to be on my mind. I think it’s a different burden on my shoulders because I’m used to it now, it’s relaxing.” 

The seven-time Australian Open champion won her last Major in Melbourne in 2017. During that time, she was in the initial stages of her pregnancy. After that, Williams made it to the final of a Grand Slam on four occasions (Wimbledon 2018, 2019, and at the US Open 2018, 2019), which indicates she’s still at the top and can compete against the best players in the world. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

At the Australian Open, the American superstar cleared the initial stages of the tournament successfully. During the earlier rounds, she emerged victorious against Aryna Sabalenka and also against Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, before ending her journey in the semifinal. 

In the previous season, Williams had the best performance at the US Open, when she reached the semifinal. Prior to that, she had fallen short in the third round of the Australian Open and withdrew before her second-round match at Roland Garros because of an Achilles injury. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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