‘Wouldn’t Count Venus and Serena Williams Out in 2021’ Says Former Australian Open Champion

Published 01/15/2021, 12:19 PM EST
Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Having competed on the WTA tour for over two decades, Serena Williams and her elder sister, Venus Williams, are now at the twilight of the careers. With the career clock nearing completion, the 2021 season might be the last time we witness the Williams sisters in action.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball during her Women’s Singles semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Eleven of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The longevity of their respective careers is a testament to their relentless passion and hard work over the years. Recently, former Australian Open doubles champion, Chanda Rubin, was asked whether the Williams’ sister would be able to beat the clock in 2021.

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Williams’ sisters can still beat the clock: Rubin

Rubin pointed out at the epic match Serena played against Venus at the 2020 Top Seed Open, signifying the players’ high level of intensity. The former World No. 6 talked about Williams’ sisters still going strong at the age of 40, which was considered unthinkable back in the days. She asserted that the Williams sisters are creating the clock instead of striving to beat it.

“When you consider the motivation they both still bring to their tennis…they absolutely can still beat the clock in 2021. In fact, they seem to be creating the clock. I would hesitate to count them out and I for one am very much looking forward to what they can do in 2021,” said Rubin.

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena is still a force to reckon with and consistently reaches the latter stages of Grand Slam events. Despite having lost in her last four major championships finals, Serena will aim to break the losing streak and equal Margaret Court’s record of winning 24 Grand Slam titles.

Venus Williams plays a forehand during her match against Serena Williams during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Venus reached her last Grand Slam final at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. Despite lacking her dominant touch, Venus is still assiduously trying to improve her game.

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With the 2021 Australian Open about to begin, the Williams sisters will compete at Melbourne Park to once again enthrall the fans with their captivating groundstrokes.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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