Serena Williams' 2021 was not a year of great satisfaction, especially due to the injury she suffered in the first round of Wimbledon, an injury that affected her entire second half of the season and forced her to miss the Australian Open 2021 as well.
Serena started the year at the Yarra Valley Classic, where in the semifinals she was forced to retire with a shoulder problem. She then participated in the Australian Open, in pursuit of the 24th Grand Slam title. She defeated Laura Siegemund, Nina Stojanović, Anastasija Potapova, Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep.
In the semifinal, Serena was defeated by the Japanese Naomi Osaka. The Australian Grand Slam will prove to be the last tennis event for the American, who took a break. After a break of about three months, Serena returned to the court at the Italian Open, where she was defeated in the first round by Nadia Podoroska.
At the Emilia Romagna Open she was defeated by Kateřina Siniaková, while at Roland Garros she was eliminated by Elena Rybakina, never faced before her and against whom she lost 3-6 5-7. In the third Slam of the season, Wimbledon, Serena was forced to retire in tears, in the first round against Sasnovič, due to a thigh injury.
At the end of the tournament she dropped to position 16 in the world rankings. Later, again due to injury, she also skipped the US Open and with the latter ends the season of the American.
Serena Williams and the last call for the Slam Record
At the end of 2021 the tennis player announced that she will not take part in the Australian Open 2022, as she is not yet physically ready.
Serena will now focus on recovery to be ready to compete on the court again. She should be able to play between Indian Wells-Miami and the start of clay-swing again. The chances of winning the coveted 24 Grand Slam have dropped dramatically over the past two seasons.
Serena is the greatest tennis player of all time, but at forty, both due to age factors and a different amount of physical problems, it will be difficult for her to be able to match Margaret Smith's Record. Difficult, not impossible.
Serena has other priorities now: a family, a daughter, collaborations with companies, business. But tennis is always important to her and, we are sure that an attempt, perhaps the last of her amazing career, between Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, to match the Margaret Smith record she will do.
And the opponents will have to be careful. She will be a different tennis player today than in the past, but if Serena finds the tiger's eyes in the two weeks that really matter, then for her opponents it will be a nightmare.