Serena Williams has failed to win a Major title in three consecutive seasons for the first time in a career! The American claimed the 23rd trophy at the Australian Open 2017 over her sister Venus, taking a break to give berth to a child and returning in 2018.
Targeting that elusive 24th Major crown, Serena dropped everything on four most notable tournaments, reaching back-to-back finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open in the previous two seasons. It wasn't to be for the American, though, suffering four painful losses and hoping to make that extra step in 2020.
After an early loss, that didn't come in Melbourne, preparing for Roland Garros and Wimbledon when the coronavirus halted the action between March and August. Wimbledon had to be canceled for the first time since 1945, and Serena turned her focus on the home Major in New York, seeking the seventh title and the first since 2014.
The veteran reached the semis for the 11th straight time, making a strong start against Victoria Azarenka before losing ground to propel the Belarusian through. Ready to give it a shot in her beloved Paris, Serena went to Europe and trained at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, seeking the first Roland Garros title in five years.
The American won the first-round match before withdrawing with an Achilles injury ahead of the clash with Tsvetlana Pironkova, missing another chance in the quest for the 24th Major title. Williams will have to take a couple of weeks to recover, hoping to get ready at 100% ahead of 2021.
Serena Williams had to withdraw from Roland Garros with an Achilles injury.
Another American legend Chris Evert is a bit worried for Serena, praising her qualities but wondering will her fitness follow the other elements and give her more chances of fighting for the Major titles.
In the first round in Paris, Serena defeated Kristie Ahn 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 41 minutes, securing the 66th win in Paris and the 357th at Majors. In New York, Williams toppled Ahn in straight sets in the first round, repeating that in Paris on Monday after a challenging opening set that lasted for 72 minutes.
As it turned out, Ahn had nothing left in the tank after that, allowing Serena to produce a bagel and open the title chase before that injury that ended her run. "I'm getting a little worried for Serena. I thought her better chance was at the US Open; I didn't think it would happen at the French Open, and it depends on her commitment to her fitness level.
The tools, shots, power and mentality are there; she is brilliant in those aspects. However, I still feel that she can get a little bit leaner, and that will help her to get quicker around the court and get those sharp angles, getting in the better positions for shots," Chris Evert said.