After a semifinal loss at the Australian Open, the former World No.1 Serena Williams left a press conference with eyes full of tears. It embellished that this was the 39-years-old American’s last appearance at Melbourne Park. However, the former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli describes Junior Williams’s retirement day as one of the saddest days that tennis will face.
At the 2020 French Open, Williams withdrew before her second-round match against wildcard Tsvetana Pironkova owing to an Achilles injury, which she had sustained during her semi-final defeat to Victoria Azarenka at the US Open last year.
“I think if there is more disappointment and if her body is letting her down and if she’s carrying another injury as she did in Roland Garros when she had that Achilles injury, I think it’s going to start to be more and more difficult,” Bartoli said in a recent interview.
A Frenchwoman added, “I don’t think she’s made up her mind yet. I think she’ll see how the rest of 2021 is evolving.”
“I Just Hope She Can Continue. I Just Love To See Her Play”, says Marion Bartoli
Bartoli continued, “I can’t imagine when Serena will walk out of the game. I think it’s going to be one of the saddest days that tennis will have to face. I just hope she can continue. I just love to see her play. I think what she’s bringing on the court is far more impressive than just playing tennis.”
A couple of months ago, the former World No.7 gave birth to her daughter, Kamilya. The 36-years-old also compared herself with the 39-years-old as a mother.
“Being a mother myself, going through pregnancy and giving birth, you see how much your body’s changing. It would be impossible for me now to even think about training to get ready for a Grand Slam,” Bartoli confessed.
In September 2017, Serena gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian. Since then, Williams reached four finals and two semifinals in the major tournaments.
“After giving birth to Olympia, she was trying to get ready and training to win a grand slam, and that in itself is just an accomplishment only a mother can relate to,” Marion Bartoli concluded.