Serena Williams misses her fourth Wimbledon and raises questions over her comeback

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Serena Williams misses her fourth Wimbledon and raises questions over her comeback

The seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is not on the entry list of the season's third Major. Thus, the 23-time Major winner will skip the world's most prestigious tournament for the fourth time after 1999, 2006 and 2017.

Serena has not played since the last year's Wimbledon, experiencing an injury against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round and staying away from the court ever since. Serena has played only six tournaments since the start of 2021, and she is currently ranked 1223rd.

The American has left the top-1000 for the first time since October 1997, and it becomes harder to see her playing competitive matches again.

Serena Williams is not on the Wimbledon entry list.

One of the greatest female players in the Open era will lose all of her ranking points after Wimbledon.

It will end her streak of occupying a spot in the WTA ranking that has been going on for almost 25 years! Williams established herself as the top-10 player in 2000 and 2001, and she conquered the WTA throne in 2002 despite playing only nine tournaments that year!

Despite injuries, Serena has remained competitive for two decades, winning 23 Major titles and moving one behind Margaret Court's all-time record. After only six tournaments on her tally and no Major finals, Serena finished the 2021 season ranked outside the top-40 for the first time since 2006.

The American veteran struggled with injuries and terminated the year after tearing her hamstring in the Wimbledon first round. Serena skipped the home Major in New York and decided to call it a year ahead of a possible fresh start at some point in 2022.

That seems very unlikely, and maybe we will see her retirement at the home Major in New York in September. Williams claimed the 23rd Major crown at the Australian Open 2017 after beating her sister Venus in the final. The great American took a break from tennis to give berth to a child later that year and returned in the spring of 2018.

Highly motivated to get back where she belongs, Williams reached four Major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019, losing them against much younger opponents and failing to match Court's record. Serena has been dealing with numerous injuries in the past couple of years, and her best result at Majors came at the last year's Australian Open. She scored five wins and advanced into the final four, only to lose it to Naomi Osaka.