Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja thought the moment was “difficult” for Serena Williams after her departure from this year’s Australian Open. Williams, who was chasing a 24th Grand Slam to match Margaret Court’s record, lost to Naomi Osaka in the semifinals.
After the loss, Williams was asked if she would ever return to Melbourne Park. Williams said goodbye to the audience emotionally and later became emotional during her press conference. “That moment was difficult for her,” Corretja told Eurosport.
“She definitely thought that if she hasn’t achieved it, it’s because she can’t do it anymore. “Hopefully it’s not and she still has some chances to finish her career big. And I think if she wants to win another Grand Slam, she has to give it her all and think that she, Serena Williams, is a special woman a superwoman”.
Williams from the Australian Open
Williams, who has not played since Wimbledon due to a hamstring injury, announced that she is withdrawing from the Australian Open. Former world No. 1 Justine Henin thinks Wimbledon is Williams’ best chance of ever winning a Grand Slam again.
“But I think at Wimbledon she has the most options, but she has to join earlier because she can’t go long without competition and try to win, that would be very difficult,” Henin explained.
“I think Serena has been making an effort in every way for so long, after she was a mother, after injuries…she’s had opportunities she couldn’t take, and every time she tries to win another Grand Prix Slam , she probably feels like the effort it takes to win a Grand Slam is huge.
“It still amazes me that she’s still up for it, knowing she’s been fighting for a long time and sometimes it’s hard to find the energy.”