It would have been a pretty sad Australian Open if Serena Williams wouldn’t have been able to play. But as it goes, the coronavirus pandemic led to the entire tournament being postponed. And now, when it is finally going to be held- she will be able to play. For this very reason, she is extremely thankful to the Australian Open.
Is Serena Williams Fit For The Australian Open?
Since turning 39, this Tennis legend has been suffering from an Achilles tendon that refuses to get healed properly. She got the injury in her semifinal clash at the US Open with Victoria Azarenka- which later forced her to drop out of the French Open the same month.
But at the Yarra Valley Classic WTA 500, she was at her devastating best. She dispatched Daria Gavrilova from Australia in straight sets- 6-1, 6-4. The former World Number 1 for Women has been enjoying her romp at the warm-up games organized prior to the Australian Open. The main event will start from the 8th of February- so the tennis stars might as well get all the preparation they can now.
After her clash, Williams spoke about her return to reporters. She mentioned how her tendon was preventing her from going full throttle- but now the problem has gone down under (no pun intended). She believes that if the Australian Open was held at its regular schedule, she wouldn’t have been able to participate in it.
Although the situation was well beyond anyone’s control, the delay turned out to be quite a boon for Serena Williams. She stated how she got all the rest she could afford in those tumultuous times- to come back eager for more.
The Australian Open starts on the 8th of February and will host the usual crowd of superstars for the last grand slam of the year.