“Technology Has Played a Huge Role”: Serena Williams Reveals Reason Behind the Longevity of Roger Federer

Published 06/27/2021, 5:43 PM EDT
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Serena Williams of the United States speaks to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


In a career spanning more than two decades, 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams rose from being a sparkling youngster on the WTA tour to being a tennis legend.

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Serena, who is looking to capture a record 24th major title, was denied of that opportunity by youngsters like Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu. Even at Wimbledon 2019, the American player was outlasted in the final by Simona Halep.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy in the ladies’ quarter final at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

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Despite the disappointments at major finals, Serena Williams continues her fight at SW19 this year. The withdrawals of players like Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka might help the American to clinch the title.

More importantly, Serena likes to play on grass. She has an incredible win-loss record of 98-12 on the surface. Having reached the finals in the last two editions of Wimbledon, it’s suffice to say that the former world number one is one of the leading contenders for the title.

At the pre-tournament press conference, Serena Williams talked about several things ranging from PTPA to her withdrawal from Tokyo Olympics.

When asked about the longevity she shares along with Roger Federer, the American mentioned that there were several reasons that keep the both of them moving forward.

“People can still say then can play longer” – Serena Williams on her longevity

Well, I feel like, people can still say they can play longer. Technology has played a huge role in that. The way we view the game, the way we recover, the way our shoes are made, the way our equipment is made, I feel like technology is huge in to myself and Roger playing so long”, explained Serena.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland take a selfie on court following their mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The former world number elucidated the importance of technology’s help in explaining the longevity of several tennis players.

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Normally, people retire at 29,30, 32 max. So I feel like there are several players at that age who are hitting their stride. So, whether it was myself or whether it was Roger, I think it was a combination of everything including technology”, concluded the 23-time grand slam champion.

The draw at Wimbledon this year favors the American as there are few obstacles along the way. If she can serve consistently and use her forehand to good effect, there is a fair possibility for Serena Williams to clinch the title.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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