Serena Williams is ‘One Injury Away’ From Retiring, Says 22-Time Doubles Grand Slam Champion

Published 10/11/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
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


Serena Williams last played a professional match at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. She injured her hamstring there and has not returned to the court ever since. Unfortunately, she couldn’t even complete a single set at the Grand Slam which she had entered as one of the favorites.

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Even though Serena Williams is recovering from her injury, there are doubts if she will be able to make a comeback this year or not. The American also recently turned 40, which re-invigorated conversations about her retirement.

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Tennis legend talks about Serena’s current situation

In the podcast- ‘The GOAT: Serena’, tennis legend Pam Shriver opened up about the current form and situation of Serena. She believes that the 23-time Grand Slam champion is just one injury away from not being able to play ever again.

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 Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

“Yeah, I think, you know, obviously she’s reaching a point where, with what we saw at the Wimbledon, with the slip, the injury, she couldn’t finish Wimbledon. She’s getting to a point where, physically, obviously, she is walking that fine line, where it’s almost one injury away from not being able to continue on and that’s gonna be a difficult day for tennis and obviously for her,” said Shriver in the podcast.

The former American player hinted that Serena’s goodbye to the sport might be closer than expected. She feels that it will be a tough day for both tennis and her, but it will have to come, eventually.

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“One of the most interesting people”- Shriver on Serena Williams

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In the same podcast, Shriver mentioned that Serena has a number of things to do after her retirement. She highlighted that the former World No.1 is a successful businesswoman and one of the most interesting people that she has known.

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

“Obviously, she’s a mother, she’s a wife, she’s an entrepreneur, she’s got a venture fund, I believe. She’s interested in business, she’s interested in entertainment. So, it’s like a walking mogul, who happens to be the greatest female tennis player of all time. So, she is one of the most interesting people that I have come in contact with,” added the 22-time Grand Slam doubles winner.

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Fans really hope that Serena Williams recovers soon and returns to the court quickly. Will she be able to feature at the Australian Open 2022?

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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