Serena Williams will skip the Tokyo Olympics 2021. On the eve of Wimbledon, the 39-years-old former world number 1 announced that she will not participate at the Japanese Olympics, scheduled from 23 July to 8 August. In the press conference preceding the London Slam, Serena said: "I'm not on the Olympic list, at least that I know of.
And if I were, I shouldn't be. There are many reasons that led me to this choice. But I don't feel like talking about it today. Maybe another day. Excuse me. What will it be like to skip the Games? I have not thought about it.
In the past, it has been a wonderful place for me. I have not thought about it and will continue not to think about it." Serena Williams, Olympic champion in London in 2012 in women's singles, when she defeated Maria Sharapova right on the lawns of the All England Club, won a total of 4 gold medals in the Olympics she played.
In her career Serena Williams has won 73 WTA singles titles: 23 Grand Slam, an absolute record in the Open Era, men included, making her the second player ever to have won more Majors in this specialty behind only Margaret Smith Court, which excels with 24.
Serena has completed the virtual Grand Slam, which consists in the victory of four consecutive Slams not in the same calendar year, twice (in the two years 2002-2003 and 2014-2015). The American has also won 5 WTA Finals and 19 Premier category tournaments (6 Premier Mandatory, 6 Premier 5 and 7 Premier), as well as 21 Tier I and Tier II titles.
Not only in singles Williams can boast numerous victories, but also in women's doubles and mixed doubles, where she won another 16 Grand Slam tournaments: 14 won with her older sister Venus and two in mixed doubles, both obtained with Maks Mirny in the 1998.
To these successes must be added another three gold medals at the Olympics, all won together with Venus, a Federation Cup and two Hopman Cups.