Is Serena Williams Playing at the French Open 2021?

Published 05/25/2021, 6:12 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


For more than two decades, Serena Williams has dominated the game of tennis unlike anyone else. She has won an astronomical 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the highest in the Open Era, and four Olympic Gold medals. Thus, her presence in each tournament she participates in is worthy of all the attention.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Currently, the tennis world is getting ready for the imminent French Open 2021. It is one of the four major tournaments and the only clay-court Grand Slam in tennis. Moreover, the tournament’s qualifying round has already begun; the main draw matches will start from May 30.

Despite the main event being just around the corner, many fans doubt Serena’s participation. So, is the tennis queen going to her appearance at the 2021 Roland-Garros?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Fortunately, yes.

DIVE DEEPER

UNFORGETTABLE: French Open 2021 Unveils the Iconic Heritage of Roland Garros

28 days ago

Serena Williams to make her 19th appearance at French Open

The three-time champion Serena Williams is ready to chase her fourth French Open title this spring. She also played in two lead-up tournaments in Italy as part of her preparations for Roland-Garros. 

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Concerningly, the 39-year-old did not receive what she set out for at Italian Open and Emilia-Romagna Open. At these two events, Serena only won one match in Parma.

Consequently, her result in Paris is under serious question. But the American is optimistic about playing on clay and improving in time.

Additionally, the major tournaments are different than the rest of the tennis events in nature. For this, Williams will have more experience than all her opponents, a considerable advantage for her, for she played her first French Open in 1998.

Most significantly, the American professional is chasing her long-awaited 24th Grand Slam title since the 2017 Australian Open triumph. It will bring her equal to Margaret Court’s most Grand Slam titles record in tennis history. But for that, she will have to go defeat some immensely talented tennis players.

DIVE DEEPER

WATCH: Where Does Serena Williams Stay During the French Open?

29 days ago

Who is a threat to Serena at Roland-Garros 2021?

Many women tennis players can make Serena’s path challenging. Notably, the top two seeds Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, have already begun their preparations.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Tennis fans also received some unfortunate news when two-time champion Simona Halep withdrew from the tournament. So, one big spot is open for anyone to take.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Previously, Serena displayed a phenomenal performance at the Australian Open 2021. Let us see if she can better that result at French Open 2021.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Do you think Serena can win her 24th Grand Slam title this year?

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Purav Joshi

814 articles

Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT