She’s dominated women’s tennis since her first grand slam win in 1999 and 21 years later, Serena Williams is looked at and rightly so, one of the greatest athletes [male and female] of her generation.
Her span of dominance over two decades is rarely seen in the world of sport. Her 23 major singles titles rank the most by any man or woman in the Open Era.
Serena went on a tear in the last decade, winning 12 of her 23 grand slams throughout the 2010’s. When she claimed her 23rd major title [The Australian Open] in 2017 [one less than Margaret’s Court], most people expected her to easily pass the record within the coming years.
However, titles have been hard to come by for a serial winner like Serena since that 2017 triumph.
Serena’s lost four straight grand slam finals since then, all in straight sets. Knee and back injuries are hampered her for parts of the season while her coach Patrick Mouratoglou stated that she maybe needs a new coaching strategy.
“We have to accept the fact that it is not working,” said Mouratoglou.
Speaking to BBC Sport, he added: “Maybe come back with a different angle, a different strategy and different goals so she can make it.
“She does feel positive, she feels negative too because it is a failure when she doesn’t win a Grand Slam.
“We have to face reality, but she is positive that she can make it otherwise she probably wouldn’t be on a tennis court anymore.
“She believes she can make it and I believe it too. She’s not that far, but we have to change a few things.”
Williams is now 38 years old and with the emergence of Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin and Coco Gauff, there are genuine questions on whether Serena Williams can get back to her best and make tennis history.