The 23-time Major champion Serena Williams will compete on clay this spring, seeking that elusive 24th Major crown. The American will train at her coach's Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in Nice ahead of Rome and Paris, hoping to continue where she left at the Australian Open in February.
Twenty-two years after cracking the top-10 for the first time as a teenager, the American is still ranked among the world's best players, achieving almost everything and still battling hard to lift that 24th Major crown.
Serena earned the 23rd Major title at the Australian Open 2017 before taking a break and giving birth to a daughter later that year. The American returned in March 2018 and reached four Major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open within the next two years, giving her best to earn that elusive 24th Major but suffering four losses against much younger opponents.
Following an injury at last year's Roland Garros, Williams recovered in time for the Australian Open and chased the eighth Melbourne crown. Delivering her best tennis since returning in 2018, Serena defeated five rivals to reach the semis, including notable top-7 victories over Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep!
Setting eyes on the trophy, Williams faced Naomi Osaka in a blockbuster clash and suffered a tough 6-3, 6-4 defeat. Serena made too many unforced errors against the young Japanese, wasted an early lead in the opener and fell short after staying in touch in the second set's opening eight games.
With those points, Williams returned into the top-10 for the first time since November, hoping for more chances at Majors this year.
Serena Williams will embrace the clay swing this spring in Rome and Paris.
Serena turns 40 in August, and she still competes with the same desire, giving her 100% in every match and standing as a role model for the upcoming youngsters.
The American trained with Grigor Dimitrov in Miami in March before withdrawing from one of her favorite events due to oral surgery. Serena should return to the court in Rome, where she claimed three titles between 2013-2019 in dominant style.
"Serena Williams was very sharp at the Australian Open; everyone saw that. Since giving berth to a daughter, that was her best tennis. Serena should play in Rome ahead of Roland Garros and will train at the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice," Patrick Mouratoglou said.