Serena Williams’ Grand Slam title hopes are ‘slipping by’ with coronavirus enforced break

Serena Williams’ hopes of becoming the all-time leader for Grand Slams are ‘slipping by’ as tennis deals with the global coronavirus crisis. That is the view of former player and Eurosport presenter Barbara Schett.

Williams stands on 23 major titles, one behind controversial Australian Margaret Court’s record.

Since winning her last Grand Slam in 2017, Williams has had four chances to add another to her haul.

But the American has suffered tough defeats in back-to-back years at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Getting to the finals would still suggest Williams remains capable of reaching the latter stages of the big events.

However, the 38-year-old was handed her earliest exit at the Australian Open since 2006 when she was knocked out in the third round in January.

Like the rest of the tennis world, Williams is now forced to stay at home and wait for the coronavirus situation to improve before resuming her bid to emulate Court.

And while Schett, who lost her three matches against Williams, believes the seven-time Wimbledon singles champion is still capable of winning major tournaments, she feels the break is detrimental to her chances.

“I think time is slowly is slipping by and this enforced break is certainly not great for her or the older players,” she told Eurosport.


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“If you are not playing for a few months, not competing, it doesn’t help.

“I was convinced last year she was going to win a Grand Slam title but now I’m just starting to feel that it’s not so possible.

“There are players out there who know they can beat her, her mobility isn’t so good, she gets more nervous, she puts pressure on herself to win another Slam.

“I still think she could win another one, but it’s certainly going to get a lot harder than the past couple of years when she’s played in Grand Slam tournaments.”

Last month, Williams shared a candid video where she admitted to struggling with anxiety over coronavirus.

“It started out with me feeling like ‘oh it can’t really affect me’,” she said.

“And then suddenly Indian Wells was cancelled and I was like ‘oh ok that’s weird but I have a little time off and I’m going to enjoy that time off’. One cancellation led to another and another and then all this anxiety that I’m feeling.

“And by anxiety I mean I’m just on edge every time anyone sneezes around me or coughs. It’s crazy.”

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