Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka says Serena Williams has been "amazing" for the game and he admits he is sad to see the 23-time Grand Slam champion retiring. Williams, 40, plans to retire at this year's US Open.
“Yeah, of course [I’ll miss Serena Williams], like everybody. I think she's been amazing for the tennis, for the fans, for everybody who's involved a little bit in sports in general,” Wawrinka said, per Sportskeeda.
“I have always been a big fan with many big moments during our career, and it's going to be of course sad to see her leaving after US Open”.
Wawrinka: Williams crashed my French Open title party
In the 2015 French Open final, Wawrinka delivered an incredibly high-level of tennis and an absolute masterclass to beat Novak Djokovic in the final.
That performance is considered as one of the best - if not the best - of Wawrinka's career. That same year, Williams also won the French Open title after beating Lucie Safarova in the final. “I think 2015 we celebrated the French Open together, and she crashed my party after the win.
It was quite fun,” Wawrinka said. Meanwhile, Wawrinka exited this week's Cincinnati Masters. On Monday, Wawrinka clashed fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray. In a battle between two Grand Slam champions, Murray was a bit better as he edged out Wawrinka 7-6 (3) 5-7 7-5.
Wawrinka, who returned from a foot surgery in late March, has now lost his last five matches. Wawrinka kicked off his grass season with a first round victory at the Queen's Club but has since lost his last five matches.
Going into the US Open, Wawrinka is not enjoying a great form. Last week in Montreal, Wawrinka kicked off his summer on hard courts with a three-set first round defeat to Emil Ruusuvuori. It remains to be seen how will 2016 US Open champion Wawrinka do at the US Open.