23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and Wilson Sporting Goods have revealed the new Blade SW102 Autograph racket, which has been co-developed with Williams, according to a press release from the company. Williams will be using this new racket during the current American hardcourt swing and also at this year's upcoming US Open.
Wilson and Serena Williams reveal the new SW102 racket
According to the release, the SW102 tennis racket comes with a smaller head size – 102 square inches as compared to the 104 square inches of the Blade SW104 Autograph racket that Serena had been using earlier.
The latest racket comes after a year-long collaboration between Wilson LABS, the innovation hub at Wilson, and Williams As per the press release, Serena Williams commented, "I love my previous Blade tennis racket, and it's been a huge part of my game, but I knew I needed to make adjustments.
A tennis racket is such a sensitive thing. I talked with Wilson about wanting more control and what that could look like, and importantly, feel like. So, we got to work. I am really into technology and trying new things out. And while the process was long, we ultimately designed exactly what I need for my game.
I've had this new racket in my hands for most of this year, and it just feels right." The racket will be available for purchase in September via the Wilson website and tennis speciality retailers. Serena Williams is currently playing the Western & Southern Open in New York.
She is seeded third at the tournament and after a bye in the first round, she will meet Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus in her first match at the event on Monday. At the recent WTA event in Lexington, Serena reached the quarter-finals where she lost to American Shelby Rogers.
The 38 year old American will be aiming to win a 24th Grand Slam singles title at the upcoming US Open in New York - which will tie her for the most number of Grand Slam singles titles in women's tennis history along with Australian Margaret Court.
Serena Williams has been No. 1 for a total of 319 weeks, which makes her third in the Open Era among female players behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. She has also won 14 Grand Slam women's doubles titles with sister Venus Williams.