Serena Williams ‘Shouldn’t Have to Hit Another Ball for Us’, Says Agent

Published 11/01/2021, 3:47 PM EDT
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 23: Serena Williams of the United States walks out to face Angieszka Radwanska of Poland during day two of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome October 23, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


The quest of Serena Williams to win her 24th Grand Slam title will continue next year at the Australian Open as the American is currently in rehab for a torn hamstring, which made her pull out of the US Open this year.

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The American, who is currently spending quality time at home with daughter Olympia and husband Alexis Ohanian, has attended various public gatherings and sporting events over the past couple of months.

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Ever since winning her 23rd major title in 2017 after defeating sister Venus Williams in the Australian Open, Serena was able to reach several grand slam finals but was overpowered by players like Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, and Bianca Andreescu.

But, the American desires to win yet another major title and take the total slam count to 24 as she will officially be called the greatest player of all time by fans and critics alike.

However, even if Serena doesn’t reach the milestone, it would be impossible for any other player to have a career such well-established and significant as that of the American.

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

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Serena Williams’ agent talks about her legacy in the sport

Talking about the same, long-time agent of Serena, Jill Smoller explained that with or without the 24th major, the American’s career will always be historic.

At 23 or 20 Slams, she shouldn’t have to hit another ball for us to say what she’s done is historic. Yes, there’s that 24, but the times were so different back then. How do you compare 23 Grand Slams in this day and age to a record set 100 years ago when the tennis was so different?”, said Smoller.

The legacy of Serena Williams and her impact on women’s tennis over the past couple of decades is unmatched as numerous players got inspired from her story and went on to become professional tennis stars.

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

Smoller continued, “She doesn’t have to hit another ball to have her greatness set in stone. I do know there’s still some stuff undone and she likes to be able to control her narrative and legacy. What’s kept her motivated each time is that she didn’t feel like she was done”. 

The former world no.1 will most likely grace the tennis courts in Melbourne next year at the Australian Open, where there will be intense competition to the American from youngsters as she might enter the event as an unseeded player.

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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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