Serena Williams to Skip Wimbledon Championships Warm-Ups After French Open 2021 Exit

Published 06/06/2021, 2:02 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during her third round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


World No.8 Serena Williams suffered a humiliating defeat in the fourth round of the French Open 2021. Playing against Elena Rybakina, the 23-time Grand Slam champion never looked comfortable during the match. Even though she tried to fight back, the Kazakh player maintained her dominance throughout the match, winning 6-3, 7-5.

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It looks like Serena will have to wait a little longer for her 24th Grand Slam title. Interestingly, with her exit, only two of the top 10 WTA players now remain in the French Open 2021.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021. Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her fourth-round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

In the post-match interview, Williams talked about her future and the upcoming grass-court season after Roland Garros 2021. She claimed that even though she is excited to switch surfaces, she won’t be playing any warm-up grass-court tournaments before the Wimbledon Championships.

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“I’m excited to switch surfaces. But I don’t think I will play another warm-up tournament on grass (before Wimbledon),” said Williams in the interview.

Due to the postponement of the French Open 2021 by one week, the gap between the Major and Wimbledon 2021 is now reduced to just three weeks. In such a situation, players will get much less time to practice for the next Grand Slam.

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Williams revealed that she will go to her home in the United States and will then return for Wimbledon 2021. However, she is not that sure about the quarantine protocols as of now.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021. Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her fourth-round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

“Possibly I’ll go home and then be back (in Europe). But not sure about the quarantine,” added the 3-time French Open champion.

After going through a rough season on clay, she bounced back and exhibited some good form at Roland Garros until her exit.

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Williams is 39 right now and thus, fans suspect that she might not play at the Major next year. However, they still have high expectations from her and want her to outperform her opponents at Wimbledon 2021. Will she be able to win her 24th Major this year?

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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 500 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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