“Big Question Mark”: Tim Henman Says Serena Williams Won’t Win Another Grand Slam

Published 08/24/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during her third round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


With the count-down continuing dramatically, fans lie in anticipation of the iconic US Open’s 2021 edition. Some of the sport’s biggest names go head to head in New York. Year after year, the tournament has exceeded its expectations, treating fans to mesmerizing battles. One of the popular faces and often favorite for the title, American legend Serena Williams, is preparing for her return at the tournament. However, in an injury-riddled season, nothing is guaranteed yet.

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Serena Williams is simply put, a legend of the game. She has had an immensely decorated career. However, her recent run of form doesn’t reflect her greatness. Unfortunately, once graced with Grand Slams, 23 to be precise, Serena now spends more time in recovery than on-court. Speaking of the same, retired tennis player Tim Henman believes a return is on the cards, but a title? Sounds unlikely.

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“A big question mark around her fitness”- Tim Henman

Not just the now analyst, but even fans have shown doubt over Serena’s fitness. Especially, watching her go down to the ground at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship was a difficult sight to bear. Hence, as the US Open approaches closer, and she gears up for her return, Tim chooses a more practical, realistic approach than that of a die-hard fan.

He said“Going into New York, a big question mark is around her fitness. As has been the case with [Roger] Federer, she’s not getting any younger. So, whereas I did probably have that belief at the beginning of the year, I think it’s a step too far now.” 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Tennis season this year has been eventful, to say the least. With one too many legends out on the sidelines, the youngsters have grabbed front-page headlines. Hence, as the competition gets fierce, her chances of a title get slimmer.

Speaking of the same, Tim said, “When you look at it, there’s a long list of other great female players. The standard, the quality, the athletic ability of so many of them is just so high and I think the strength and depth of the women’s game is better than it’s ever been.”

“You know Serena can absolutely still contend if she’s fit, but do I think she can win another Grand Slam singles title? Right now I don’t.” 

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What happened to Serena Williams?

Earlier this year, Serena walked into the 2021 Wimbledon Championship as one of the favorites for the title. However, a traumatic end to her first-round clash saw the 23-time Grand Slam champion retire from the tournament. Serena slipped mid-game, injuring her right thigh that ruled her out for the rest of the competition. Ever since, she is yet to return to play a competitive game of tennis.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

From Tokyo to Cincinnati, Serena failed to appear in either of the competitions. Now, as she finally promises of a return at the US Open, her chances of success seem slimmer than ever. Regardless, given her stature and history, she will remain at the heart of inevitable action. After losing 4 finals on the bounce, can Serena finally increase her tally to 24? Or is it too little too late for a return?

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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