Seven months before turning 40, Serena Williams is still among the world's best players and Major trophies contender. The American claimed the 23rd Major title at the Australian Open four years ago, moving one away from Margaret Court's record.
Serena gave birth to a child later that year and returned to competitive tennis next spring to reach the Wimbledon final. In 2018 and 2019, Williams would play in four Major finals, losing them all and missing the opportunity to add that 24th trophy to her tally and probably end her career in glory.
Eager to give herself a couple of more chances, Serena will try to reach her goal in 2021, entering the Australian Open draw and enduring the quarantine with her family in Adelaide before traveling to Melbourne.
Barbara Schett praised Serena Williams and her current level at 39.
The former top-10 player Barbara Schett admired Serena and her ability to compete at such a high level at 39, calling the American the greatest player of all time.
For Schett, Williams should already be considered the greatest female player ever, regardless of that 24th Major. Williams is currently ranked 11th, and her best result in the previous season came at the US Open where she reached the 11th consecutive semi-final, winning the opening set before losing to Victoria Azarenka.
At Roland Garros, Serena experienced an Achilles injury and recovered just in time for the Aussie quarantine. "It's incredible that Serena wants to win another Major title at 39. I can't believe she is playing at such a good level at this age.
It is not like she is playing a couple of rounds and bowing out. No, she is getting deep into these tournaments, and it is awe-inspiring. If someone had told me Serena and Roger Federer would still be playing and competing at the age of 39, I'd have said 'no chance.'
I retired when I was 28, and I felt I was too old, so this is incredible from these two great champions. Where does Serena get the motivation from? It is astonishing to me. I think she wants to go down as the greatest tennis player of all time, and that is why she is so keen to get this Margaret Court record.
To me, she should already be remembered as the best ever. I want her to win another one now because she deserves it," Barbara Schett said.