“Lost in Like 50mins”: Serena Williams Reminisces Her WTA Debut and Emphasizes on ‘Not Giving Up’

Published 10/28/2021, 1:20 PM EDT
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)


The impact of Williams sisters on women’s tennis over the past two decades has been nothing short of exemplary. While it was Venus who started to script history at a very young age, younger sister Serena Williams followed suit and ended up as the all-time greats in women’s tennis.

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On this day, twenty-eight years ago, a 14-year old Serena made her professional tennis debut at a WTA qualifying event in the city of Quebec in Canada.

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Serena Williams made her professional debut on this day in October, 1995

A year earlier, Venus Williams made her debut on the WTA tour. Now, a young Serena faced the then world no.149, Annie Miller. The American lost to Miller in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Post this loss, the 23-time major champion came back on tour in 1997 and the rest was history.

The matchup against Miller took less than an hour and Serena was gutted to have lost that way.

I felt bad out there because I lost. I didn’t play like I meant to play. I played kind of like an amateur”, explained the American.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Few years ago, Annie Miller told ESPN about the experience of defeating Serena Williams on her professional debut. “Truth be told, even though Serena Williams would go on to be the best of all time, I was like, ‘I should definitely beat her because I’ve been doing this for a while'”.

Remembering her debut loss, Serena Williams shared the article from Tennis.com and wrote, “I lost 6-1,6-1, in like 50 mins…But I kept going”. The unmatched resilience of the American is what’s made her sit among the best female tennis players of all time.

Serena’s run for the elusive 24th major title will continue next year

Currently in rehab for a torn hamstring, the former world no.1 is most likely to make an appearance at the Australian Open next year. After winning the happy slam in 2017, Serena couldn’t add another slam title to her name.

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With the advent of numerous youngsters on the WTA tour and their fearless tennis on the big stage, the American had to concede defeats to opponents such as Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu in major finals.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

While women’s tennis continues to fetch talented players who are ready to win slams every year, it might become increasingly difficult for Serena Williams to win the elusive 24th major title and become an all-time great in tennis.

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However, the American’s perseverance is what brought her this far and the same might just push her to win one more slam before she calls it a ‘day’.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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