Serena Williams is a force to be reckoned with, the 40-year-old has won 39 Grand Slam titles, 23 of which are Grand Slam singles titles. For a period of 15 years, spanning from 2002 to 2017, Williams was ranked number one. 1 in the world according to the WTA on 8 separate occasions. For the sixth time, she held the position for 186 weeks in a row, going up against German legend Steffi Graf. With 317 cumulative weeks topping the list, Serena is behind Graf and Martina Navratilova. Along with her sister Venus, she won three mixed doubles gold medals at the Olympics, to add to her women’s singles gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Turning pro in 1995, Serena Williams played tennis throughout his adult life.
While her longevity may be in question, her failure to win major titles over the past 4 years has left fans skeptical. Her last big win was at the 2017 Australian Open, where she beat Venus to lift the trophy. It was later revealed that she had managed an incredible feat while pregnant with her first child, who was born later that year. However, since returning from maternity leave, Serena Williams has been unable to work her magic. Despite reaching major finals, she was unable to claim the elusive 24th Grand slam title, which would put her on par with Margaret Court.
In a recent interview, Serena Williams’ compatriot Andy Roddick was questioned about her future in tennis.
“She won’t be happy with a quarter-final or semi-final” – Andy Roddick
Serena Williams currently ranked 41st in the world. She has confirmed her appearance at the 2022 Australian Open. In an interview conducted by Tennis Channel around the upcoming big slam, Andy Roddick joined Jim Courier.
When asked about Serena, Roddick said she has no interest in being a “Rite Player” who only appeared in the quarter-finals or semi-finals. “I assure you she won’t stick around just to be a ceremonial player. She won’t enter events until she thinks she can still win them. She won’t be the one out there content with making it to the semi-finals to make it to the quarterfinals. She’s out there to win. I hope she is healthy enough to get that chance.”
‘I haven’t made it past 30, can’t imagine what it’s like to be 40’ – Roddick on Serena’s longevity
Andy Roddick admires Serena Williams’ longevity in sports, says “The biggest question for me is whether she can train hard enough and stay healthy. I’m not even 30 so I can’t imagine what 40 looks like with a world-class athlete’s training regimen. And does she have that great combination of staying in shape without getting hurt and without putting too much stress on her body?”
What does Andy Roddick think Serena Williams can improve on?
Andy Roddick made some astute observations about Serena Williams’ serve games. He say “If she can fix the serve percentage and serve first. In the last few years, she’s had more ups and downs with her serve. The difference between good days and bad days with her serve is more serious. If she can find a good rhythm with her serve, she still looks at the basket, she can still finish. I hope we see it, it’s very unpredictable these days. “ Roddick admits that while it’s possible, it’s unpredictable.
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