After Serena Williams got injured in the first round of Wimbledon and missed the whole US Open too, she is now mentally ready to compete again in the top tier of WTA Tennis, as we can denote from her recent Jimmy Kimmel Live interview.
Asked if she will be ready for the Australian Open, Serena Williams made the audience cheer out of joy. “Yeah, I’m definitely,” said Williams. Before she announced her intention to play at the Australian Open, Serena revealed that her hamstring injury suffered in the first round of Wimbledon is recovering well.
“My hamstring is better. It took a long time, it’s like forever, but it’s much better now,” said Serena. The American tennis icon also talked about how did the pain emerge at the All England Club. You can read about that in our article: Serena Williams “heard the noise” of her nightmare Wimbledon injury.
Serena Williams’s Australian Open performance
Australian Open was one of the two most productive Grand Slams for Serena Williams alongside Wimbledon, as the tennis icon won 7 singles titles in each of the two major tournaments.
The Australian Open was also the last Grand Slam won by Serena. Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open Women's Singles championship after defeating her sister Venus Williams in the final, 6/4, 6/4. It was her her 23rd major singles trophy overall, putting her above Steffi Graf for the most major singles titles in the Open Era.
However, even if Serena Williams fails to capture her 24th Grand Slam title and equalize Margaret Court’s record, Jill Smother, one of Williams’s agents, believes the American player has done enough to mark her name in history.
“At 23 or 20 Slams, she shouldn’t have to hit another ball for us to say what she’s done is historic,” Smoller said, per Tennis Up To Date. “Yes, there’s that 24, but the times were so different back then.
How do you compare 23 Grand Slams in this day and age to a record set 100 years ago when tennis was so different? “She doesn’t have to hit another ball to have her greatness set in stone. I do know there’s still some stuff undone and she likes to be able to control her narrative and legacy,” said Smother.