“Lost a Bit of Physical Shine”: Former Italian Player Raises Concerns Over Serena Williams’ Fitness

January 12, 2021 4:30 pm

Former World No. 1 Serena Williams has proved to be one of the greatest players in the modern era. Her performances have raised the bar for tennis players. Serena has enjoyed rivalries with many greats of the game. Much to her advantage, the American has come out on top in these matchups. 

With the years gone by, Williams has gone through the various stages of life, right from beginning her career as a teenager when she won her first Grand Slam at the US Open in 1999. She was a young 17-year-old at that time. Fast forward 18 years from that moment in 1999 and Serena won her latest Grand Slam at the Australian Open 2017.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 28: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Catherine McNally of the United States during their Women’s Singles second round match on day three of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

There has been a dip in Serena Williams’ fitness

In recent times, the American has shown a dip in form. Only this time, the concern is with regard to her fitness. Naturally, with the years gone by, any individual will go through such phases in life. The older one gets, the speed and swiftness in an individual begins to diminish. 

Recently, former Italian player Raffaella Reggi highlighted that aspect and stated, “Serena Williams has lost a bit of physical shine compared to the best years. But if she manages to get it right, she can easily say her. Already today she cannot be excluded from the shortlist.”

During her entire career, Williams has adapted to the various changes in the game. To date, there are very few players who can match up to the raw power she delivers in her shot-making. 

Although it’s been close to four years since she last won a major, one cannot rule the great American out when it comes to competing at the majors. Especially when she’s one Grand Slam away from equalling another great of the yesteryears, Margaret Court and her 24 Grand Slams. 

With the Australian Open 2021 beginning soon next month, all the players will be heading down under. After the previous season was affected by the coronavirus, the tennis world will hope to see a successful turn of events in 2021.


Rohan Kollare

Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports and is based in Mumbai. Prior to this, he has studied Business Management before which he worked at Disney Hotstar in content operations. During his early years, Rohan used to play tennis at the state and district levels. He idolizes Roger Federer.

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