‘Took the Tennis World by Storm’ – Former World Number 1 Lindsay Davenport Says She Is Surprised That Serena Williams and Venus Williams Are Still Playing on the WTA Tour

Published 05/20/2022, 12:39 AM EDT
Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Venus and Serena Williams are one of the most famous siblings in the sporting world, let alone tennis. Moreover, they are amongst the most decorated players in women’s tennis. While Serena has won a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, her elder sister has seven major titles to her credit.

Throughout their tennis careers, they have had notable rivalries with other top players. Further, among them was the former World Number 1, Lindsay Davenport. She is a three-time Grand Slam champion, with titles at each of the Slams except the French Open. Recently, she opened up about the Williams sisters’ greatness in women’s tennis.

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Lindsay Davenport on Venus and Serena Williams

Talking about the greatness and longevity of the two sisters’ tennis careers, Davenport said, “It’s so crazy. If you look back at the era when Venus and Serena first started playing mid-90s really, they were really young. They really started to hit their stride 98, 99, and then it took off from there but if you ever go back and look at like the top 10 rankings like from some of those years, it was like, it was a crazy era like there were so many great players and obviously, Venus and Serena changed that entire generation because of what they brought to the court.”

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Serena Williams in action during her first round ladies’ singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on center court on day two of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Further, she went on to add, “What amazing athletes and how hard they hit and how well they serve. But it was a crazy time. We had so many personalities and so many players and then up came these two just remarkable champions who at the time, kind of took the tennis world by storm, and who would have thought they’d still be playing at their late thirties? Crazy. That would be the one thing I would not have predicted back in the day.” 

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Over the last year, Venus and Serena’s seasons have been hampered by their respective injuries. While Venus is suffering from a leg injury, Serena has been troubled by a hamstring injury sustained at Wimbledon. Despite these setbacks, the Williams sisters aim to come back stronger later this year.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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