Serena Williams Reveals How She ‘Reaches a Ball on Tennis Courts’ While Scuba Diving

Published 11/27/2021, 4:30 PM EST
Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her quarter final match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is inarguably one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Although she is well-known for her aggressive attacking playing style, she also has a reputation for making some unreachable gets in tennis. Interestingly, Serena has now revealed the trick while scuba diving in the Bahamas.

For quite some time, Serena Williams has been vacationing in the Bahamas with her family, including Venus Williams. She even showed off her scuba diving skills recently. And now, the 40-year-old showed with a picture how ‘underwater training’ has helped her reach tennis balls on the court.


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Serena Williams performs tennis training underwater

Earlier, Serena Williams had to end her 2021 season in Wimbledon after picking up a hamstring injury. But fortunately, she has recovered now and making the most of her off-season with family in the Bahamas.

In her recent Instagram post, the former World No.1 flaunted her exceptional flexibility while scuba diving. She captioned it, “When you ask how did I reach that ball… it’s underwater training.”

At 40, Serena remains one of the most competitive athletes in women’s tennis. Despite playing fewer tournaments, she finished her season inside the Top 50, becoming the oldest player to do so.

What’s most interesting, the four-time Olympic gold medallist is still passionate about competing on the WTA Tour. Indeed, it is also what most tennis fans desire.

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

Notably, Serena announced that she would take on the court at the Australian Open 2022. This year, she lost to Naomi Osaka in the semifinals in Melbourne Park.

Serena to resume her 24th Grand Slam quest at Australian Open 2022

Since the Australian Open 2017 victory, Serena has been waiting for the record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. It will bring her level to the All-Time Most Grand Slam record-holder Margaret Court.


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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

On this quest, the 40-year-old has lost four times in the finals and twice in the semifinals. Hence, she would most certainly try to make 2022 her season.

But considering her time away from tennis and the rising stars in women’s tennis, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk for Serena. However, she has overcome many odds both on and off the court.


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All in all, fans cannot wait to see Serena back on the court and extend her tennis legacy. Do you think she will win her long-awaited #24 in 2022?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior 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 1000 tennis articles.