WATCH: Serena Williams Breaks a Smile Following Incredible Rally at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/13/2021, 2:58 AM EST
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Serena Williams of the USA thanks the crowd after winning her quarter final match against Laura Siegemund of Germany during day five of the 2020 Women’s ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Serena Williams looks strong in the pursuit of her 24th Grand Slam title, and the American is competing with all her heart at the Australian Open 2021.

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Although Serena remains locked in during her matches, she finds time to break a smile at times, and here’s one such instance. 

Serena Williams enjoyed a light moment after an unbelievable rally 

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Serena Williams took on Russian challenger Anastasia Potapova in the third round at the Australian Open 2021 and got past the challenge with ease. Although the win was comfortable, Potapova forced Serena to play a tie-breaker in the first set.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Potapova then broke Serena’s serve in the first game of the second set, which motivated the 23-time Grand Slam champion to assert her dominance. She retaliated during Potapova’s first service game of the second set initiating an astounding rally. 

Serena returned Potapova’s serve with force, which then urged the Russian teenager to respond in the like. Subsequently, both players began meeting the ball wonderfully and created a 20-shot rally. The prospect seemingly amused Serena. 

In fact, Serena Williams was made to stretch all over the court for a single point, and stretch she did. However, the veteran saw the light side of the rally and was all smiles after getting the elusive point through an unforced error from Potapova

Potapova had the point in her bag but threw it away by mistiming the shot. It was agony for Potapova, but jubilation for Serena as she carried the momentum to break her opponent’s serve in that game. 

Serena also dropped a hint about her future at the Australian Open

Serena Williams is the most revered athlete in the women’s circuit. She’s been competing for more than 2 decades, and it is no easy feat. Moreover, the 39-year-old is making her 20th appearance at the Australian Open this year, which is an incredible feat indeed. 

How far can she go? That remains to be seen, but Serena Williams jokingly said that she wants to pair up with her daughter Olympia in the doubles category sometime in the future. 

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Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

“I’ve been talking to her about playing doubles here with her one day well,” Serena said after her third-round win

Olympia is no stranger to tennis and the trophies that one can win from it. She’s growing up quickly and is already learning the sport. How long will it be before we see Serena Williams and Olympia play a doubles match together? 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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