Is Serena Williams career over? After another loss, will Serena Williams retire? I suppose it’s possible. Do you? Is Serena Williams washed up? Is it possible to see Serena Williams quit tennis? Is Serena Williams too old?
Serena Williams took full responsibility for her errors after she suffered a surprise third round exit on the Australian Open on Friday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion began the match as the bookmakers’ favorite however her bid for an 8th triumph in Melbourne came to an abrupt halt as she misplaced 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5 to China’s Wang Qiang, the No. 27 seed.
Friday’s stumble upon changed into a world away from their quarterfinal assembly on the U.S. Open ultimate year, while it had taken Williams handiest 44 minutes to development to the next spherical after a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing.
Walking off the court docket, Serena provided a gracious wave, however she need to be devastated. She has made no mystery of her choice to tie and pinnacle Margaret Court’s all-time report of 24 majors. Though Serena is three years eliminated from wining her 23rd, this occasion provided a actual opportunity. Earlier this month, she gained the title in Auckland—her first match win due to the fact her 2018 go back from motherhood. She gained her first matches here with little drama, her electricity protecting any deficit in movement. And the draw and situations were bending to her liking.
She commenced 2020 nicely enough, winning a hard-court docket tuneup name in Auckland, New Zealand, this month for her first trophy of any type in three years — and first as a mom.
But Williams wasn’t capable of carry that success to the Grand Slam level, where it matters the most to her.
“I’m way too vintage to play like this at this stage of my profession,” Williams said. “Definitely going to be education tomorrow, that’s first and foremost — to ensure I don’t do this again.”