'Serena Williams is a mother, but she is still competitive,' says Justine Henin

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'Serena Williams is a mother, but she is still competitive,' says Justine Henin

Serena Williams' former great rival Justine Henin believes that the American still has a shot at Majors, despite becoming a mom three years ago. Serena claimed her last Major crown in Melbourne four years ago and played in four more finals in 2018 and 2019 but losing them all, still missing that elusive 24th Major trophy.

Serena missed a chance to wrap up the 17th season in the top-10, finishing 11th in 2020 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 previous 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 desired 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.

Justine Henin praised Serena Williams and her desire for tennis.

It wasn't to be for the American, though, as she suffered four painful losses to walk away with the runner-up prizes. In 2020, Serena experienced an early Australian Open loss and reached her 11th consecutive US Open semi-final, making a strong start against Victoria Azarenka before losing in three sets.

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 before withdrawing with an Achilles injury ahead of the Tsvetlana Pironkova clash, missing another chance in the quest for the 24th Major title.

Serena will try to fix that at the upcoming Australian Open that starts on February 8. "Serena is a mother now, and that changes a lot. Since she became a mother, we must admit that she has remained consistent. She didn't win a Major but reached four finals and the semis at the last year's US Open.

It's incredible. I don't know if the 'fire' she has inside her remains the same because the priorities have changed. Winning is perhaps no longer the most important thing in her life," Justine Henin said.