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- Tennis world in shock after Serena Williams suggests US Open could be her last tournament
- Williams recently recorded her first singles win in over a year at the Canadian Open
A day that many knew would come has finally arrived, as Serena Williams is due to put her racket down after the upcoming US Open later this month. It already seems like a fitting end for the American, as she burst onto the same Grand Slam stage by winning the title in 1999. But, hopes will now be high that the 40-year-old can bow out in style. . and the land that elusive 24e Grand Slam title to equal the record set by Margaret Court.
Can Serena Williams win the US Open?
Serena Williams was a massive underdog in betting when we studied the odds for our Women’s US Open preview. However, the news of her retirement has already impacted the betting markets as she is now priced at +1600 with BetOnline. This award makes her the current joint fifth favorite to land a 24e Grand Slam title.
It certainly helps her say she was able to get back to winning ways at the Canadian Open, as she won an individual match for the first time in over a year. She looked incredibly strong in the round of 64, as she passed Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in straight sets, registering seven aces and winning three of five break points. She will face a tougher test in the Round of 16, as she comes up against 12e seed Belinda Bencic Wednesday night.
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The Lasting Legacy of Serena Williams
It’s hard to put into words all that Serena Williams has done for the sport throughout her career. She has inspired many of today’s top ranked players, with many citing her as an inspiration to pursue a career. Williams is considered by many to be the GOAT, with Roger Federer admitting she was “the greatest of all time, male or female”.
His on-court records are unmatched in the Open Era, winning a total of 23 Grand Slam titles and redefining the game in an era far more competitive than the Open Era. Williams has also won four Olympic gold medals, as well as her story immortalized in the 2021 film King Richard.
Williams has been unapologetic herself throughout her career, speaking out on many major issues, including the mental health issues she suffered after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. The fact that she was even able to return to the pitch after health complications is a staggering feat that few could have achieved.
Signing at the highest level is something that very few athletes have achieved throughout their careers. But, Williams, a star who won the Australian Open while pregnant, is an anomaly. Nothing would be more fitting than the 40-year-old lifting the trophy that first won her Grand Slam glory in 1999. While it may not be the head that backs Williams at Flushing Meadows, the heart of millions of fans will make her roar. , that history awaits.