Serena and her team have begun preparations out in Florida for her 25th year on tour. October 1995 was the first time Serena played a WTA match in Qubec City qualifying losing to Annie Miller.
1188 matches, 72 titles, a few Gold medals and 23 Grand Slams later the fight is still as strong in the American.
The hunt for 24 is still the talking point. Some act as if it will define greatness but I don’t see how you could argue against Serena being the greatest female player of all time.
The former world number one has begun her preparations as she is set to begin her season at the ASB Classic in Auckland ahead of the Australian Open.
Videos have appeared on social media from Patrick Mouratoglou’s account as well as his academies account of Serena in action with teenager Holger Rune and hitting partner Jarmere Jenkins;
Serena hasn’t played since her US Open final defeat to Bianca Andreescu and the message from last season will be to play more tennis before majors and to ‘find Serena’ as she said in major finals with nerves playing a big part in the Wimbledon and US Open finals.
Even 25 years after her debut on the WTA the hunger and dedication is still there from Serena who will turn 39 in September next year.
I think its a testament to Serena’s character the way she comes back year after year aiming for better all the time. It will be interesting to see how much more tennis she plays this coming year, 2019 was halted by this knee problem which she got sorted after Roland Garros.
Whether the 24th Grand Slam happens or not we will have to wait and see but something you can guarantee and should not be forgotten is that for a player who played limited tennis the last couple of years she’s always there in the last few days of a major when many aren’t!