Jim Courier: 'Serena Williams will be in contention at Australian Open'



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Jim Courier: 'Serena Williams will be in contention at Australian Open'

Former world no. 1 and Major champion Jim Courier believes that Serena Williams will have a shot at the upcoming Australian Open, with all players starting from zero. Serena claimed her last Major crown in Melbourne four years ago, playing in four more finals in 2018 and 2019 but losing them all, still missing that elusive 24th Major trophy.

Courier assumes that she can play on a high level again, with the main problem lying in finding herself in the title matches when it matters the most. Serena missed a chance to wrap up the 17th season in the top-10, finishing 11th and remaining competitive for over two decades.

Serena did enough to wrap up 2019 in the elite ten despite a light schedule, missing the honor in the current season despite giving her best at every tournament. Serena has failed to win a Major title for three consecutive seasons for the first time in a career, waiting for that elusive 24th Major crown since the Australian Open 2017!

Giving birth to a child later that year, Williams has kept her focus on four notable tournaments, reaching back-to-back finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019 for a strong comeback. It wasn't to be for the American, though, as she suffered four painful losses.

Serena suffered an early loss in Melbourne at the beginning of 2020, preparing for Roland Garros and Wimbledon when the coronavirus halted the action between March and August. Wimbledon had to close the gates for the first time since 1945, and Serena turned her eyes on the home Major, seeking the seventh New York title and the first since 2014.

Jim Courier backs Serena Williams to chase the Australian Open title in February.

The veteran reached the semis for the 11th straight time and made a strong start against Victoria Azarenka before the Belarusian took charge to advance into the final and leave Williams empty-handed.

Ready to give it a shot in Paris, Serena went to Europe and trained at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, seeking the first Roland Garros title in five years. The American passed the first-round obstacle before withdrawing with an Achilles injury ahead of the Tsvetlana Pironkova clash, missing another chance in the quest for the 24th Major title.

"The Australian Open might be a great chance for Serena. She is coming in on equal terms with other players, which wasn't the case for her in a previous couple of years. Serena played well to reach those four Major finals in 2018 and 2019.

She has to find herself in the title matches again. While Serena plays for the big record, it is unlikely that she will continue playing tennis. She's playing for the walk-off to the movie of her life," Jim Courier said.