The Sunday Mail
As a weary Serena Williams packed her bags and left Flushing Meadows in the early hours of Friday morning, her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title snuffed out in the semifinals of the US Open, one question was left hanging in the balmy night air: if not now, when?
For nearly four years, Williams has been trading ground-strokes with Father Time as she attempts to add one more Grand Slam title to her collection, cementing her claim to be the greatest women’s tennis player ever seen. Yet since her 23rd and last major title at the 2017 Australian Open, when she was pregnant with daughter Olympia, the window of opportunity has been closing.
Did that window slam shut on Friday night?
Only time will tell.
Certainly, throughout her career, be it returning from serious illness to dominate her sport, or from continuing to compete at the highest level at an age when most of her contemporaries have long since retired, Williams has repeatedly demonstrated that writing her off is a mug’s game. — SuperSport.