NEW YORK — Serena Williams has dominated the sport of tennis since she was a youngster, profitable her first of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at the U.S. Open when she was 17.
Her data converse for themselves. She is the GOAT, and if this is certainly her final go spherical at the event she has received six occasions, let’s hope she goes out with a bang.
It has been a protracted, winding journey from beaded surprise child to the 40-year-old Williams of as we speak. and we have been in a position to watch the good, the unhealthy, and the nice from afar.
Rick Macci had the likelihood to look at Serena’s career up shut from its infancy. As her youth coach, alongside together with her father, Richard Williams, he helped mildew her right into a champion, as portrayed in the critically acclaimed film ‘King Richard.”
Macci advised CBS2’s Otis Livingston on Monday afternoon, simply hours earlier than Serena was to play her first match at this year’s Open, he might see her greatness early on.
“There was something inside this girl that I’ve never seen in my whole life. I knew something inside this girl was special,” Macci mentioned. “It had to be put together, but that was baked in extra crispy, from birth until I got there at age 9. There was something different about this child.”
Injuries and age have taken a toll on this nice champion. She final received a singles title 5 years in the past at the Australian Open when she was pregnant together with her daughter, Olympia.
Does she have one final run in her?
“You never know. She definitely can win tonight, but then it gets a little rougher. When you got 20,000 people as your best friend — not a lot of people are rooting for the other one — the mind controls the body, so anything is possible, and never underestimate Serena Williams, because she’s gonna be the greatest to ever hold a tennis racquet,” Macci mentioned.
When requested what he desires tennis followers to recollect Serena for, Macci mentioned, “She’s one of the greatest athletes of all time. Forget tennis players. She has transcended the sport. She has inspired so many people, not just the African-American community. I can do it, you can do it. She wasn’t even in the front row or the back row. She wasn’t even in the building coming from Compton, and her story is so amazing, but her perseverance to play for 25 years and to be No. 1 at age 35, this is probably something we’ll never see again.”
Serena will play her first-round match at 7 p.m. If she wins, she would probably face No. 2 seed Annett Kontaveit, so it will not be straightforward. Also, Serena and Venus Williams will begin their doubles motion on Wednesday, so followers will be capable to additionally see her there.