The 23-time Major winner Serena Williams has not played since the last year’s Wimbledon. Serena experienced an injury in the opening round against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Serena has played only six tournaments since the start of 2021, and she is currently ranked 276th.
One of the greatest female players in the Open era will lose all of her ranking points after Wimbledon, playing in London or not, as the WTA decided to give no points at this year’s Championship. Thus, Serena will drop out from the WTA ranking for the first time since October 1997, ending her streak that has been going on for almost 25 years!
Williams claimed her first professional victory in Scottsdale at the end of 1997 and cracked the top-20 in the following season after a couple of notable results. Serena entered the top-4 in 1999 following her first Major crown at the US Open, still at 17.
Serena Williams will lose all ranking points in July.
Williams established herself as the top-10 player in 2000 and 2001, and she conquered the WTA throne in 2002 despite playing only nine tournaments that year! Williams lifted three consecutive Major titles to start her WTA reign and write history books.
Despite injuries, Serena has remained competitive for two decades, winning 23 Major titles and moving one behind Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. After only six tournaments on her tally and no Major finals, Serena finished the 2021 season ranked outside the top-40 for the first time since 2006.
The American veteran struggled with injuries and terminated the year after tearing her hamstring in the Wimbledon first round. Serena skipped the home Major in New York and decided to call it a year and make a fresh start at some point in 2022.
Williams claimed the 23rd Major crown at the Australian Open 2017 after beating her sister Venus in the final. The great American took a break from tennis to give berth to a child later that year and returned in the spring of 2018.
Highly motivated to get back where she belongs, Williams reached four Major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019, losing them to much younger opponents and failing to make an extra step and match Court’s record.
Serena has been dealing with numerous injuries in the past couple of years, and her best result at Majors came at the last year’s Australian Open, where she reached the semis. The American is still determined to prolong her glorious career and chase that elusive 24th Major crown in the rest of the season or 2023.