Serena Williams had a season full of ups and downs, studded with physical problems and performances not up to her name. Despite this she managed a great goal on the eve, almost, of her 39 years-old. She began the year by playing two finals in the WTA International in Auckland.
In the women's singles, after three years, she won the 73rd WTA title of her amazing career, easily beating Jessica Pegula with the score of 6-3 6-4, while, in women's doubles, with her friend Caroline Wozniacki, she was defeated by her countrywomen Townsend and Muhammad in the final 4-6 4-6.
At the Australian Open 2020 she easily won against Anastasija Potapova 6-0 6-3 and Tamara Zidansek 6-2 6-3, only to be surprised by the Chinese Wang Qiang, who defeated her 4-6 7-6(2) 5- 7. As the first tournament after the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Serena entered the Top Seed Open as seed no.1.
She defeated both Bernarda Pera and her sister Venus Williams: she was then defeated in the quarterfinals to world number 116 Shelby Rogers in three sets. Williams then participated in the Western & Southern Open 2020: in the first round she faced Arantxa Rus and won with the score of 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6, but in the second round she was defeated by the Greek Maria Sakkari.
Later she played in the US Open, the first Slam of the season and, in order, defeated Kristie Ahn, Margarita Gasparjanm, Sloane Stephens, Maria Sakkari and Cvetana Pironkova. In the semifinals she faced longtime friend and rival Viktoryja Azaranka, losing 6-1 3-6 3-6.
This match will prove to be the last of the season for Serena Williams, while on November 16 she officially came out of the Top-10, overtaken by Aryna Sabalenka.
The fight against racism is another highlight of Serena Williams' season
"Many people do not know that in my life I have had to overcome many challenges.
I have had to fight against inequalities, I have also had to deal with racism and, very sadly, all of this is normal for people who their skin is my color. Unfortunately it is something that we find ourselves systematically to deal with, and we cannot allow it to become normal."
With these words, Serena Williams expressed her sorrow for the death of George Floyd and her disappointment towards everyone. the episodes of racism experienced in recent years. The American champion has always been one of the most committed to raising awareness on extremely important issues and in a recent interview with Vogue she wanted to launch a very important message by telling her story.
"I like who I am and how I am. I love to represent the beautiful black women in the world. Now we have a voice and technology plays a big part. Let's see what has been hidden from us for years; the ones that we often face.
This has been happening for years (you are referring to the death of George Floyd, ed). Before, people couldn't film with their mobile phones. Many white people, at the end of May, wrote to me. They said: I'm sorry for everything you've had to go through.
I think for a minute they started seeing the issue with different eyes. Don't understand, because I don't think others can understand," she added. Serena Williams will come back on the court for the upcoming Australian Open 2021.