Former World No. 4 Jelena Dokic says Serena Williams has not played enough matches going into the Australian Open in Melbourne, which would make it tougher for her to win her 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne. According to Wide World of Sports, Dokic says of the 23-time Grand Slam champion, "No, she hasn't played a lot of tennis this year at all and especially since the US Open.
The question is also her preparation going into the Australian Open; is she going to play any tournaments going into the AO? I definitely think she hasn't had enough matches. That's why I think she's struggled in Grand Slam finals.
She's lost four now in a row, which has never happened to her before. She's definitely going for that 24th, but it's getting tougher and tougher." The 38-year-old American tennis icon has entered the ASB Classic in Auckland prior to the Australian Open where she is scheduled to play the singles as well as doubles with close friend Caroline Wozniacki, who will retire after the Australian Open.
Since returning from motherhood, Williams has lost her last four Slam finals (at Wimbledon and the US Open in both 2018 and 2019) and six in the last four years. In the 17 years prior to that, she won 21 Slams from 25 finals.
Williams is currently ranked No. 10 in the world and has not played on the tour since losing to Bianca Andreescu in the US Open final in September.