Some saw it coming. Others didn’t. And yet other could not be bothered. Anyway, United States’ Serena Williams has just pulled off a great on-court coup, defeating Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan and heading into the third round at Wimbledon.
Williams, who gave birth in September 2017, battled with health challenges thereafter and has not won a title since, although she’s played in 13 events. Her last title was earned the same year she gave birth, when she beat her elder sister Venus.
Her Grand Slam drought might change at Wimbledon 2019 as she has just advanced to the third round – against some people’s expectations, given that she was placed in what they call “Group of Death.”
The “Group of Death” is so called because it is populated by Grand Slam champs.
But Williams hadn’t been deterred by this. Although she dropped the first set, she would rebound to beat Kaja Juvan 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, to head to the third round.
Expectations are high already, as Williams, said to be worth $225 million by Forbes, fights her way among fellow champs in her bid to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles. Williams currently has 23 titles.
Also, she is angling to become the fourth mother in the Open Era to clinch a Grand Slam title. It remains to be seen if she will eventually clinch the records she has her eyes on.
Williams, who is seeded at 11, will next play Julia Goerges (seeded 18) in a march many expect to be explosive. The world awaits the verdict of fate. Some will say providence. Some will say court skill.