We have come to expect so much from Serena that we often forget how much pressure she must feel every time she steps on court. Less we forget how much she has accomplished, let’s take a look at her professional career. Serena turned professional in September 1995. Her ranking record from 1997 showed her as being ranked in the top 100. Since then, she has only been ranked outside of the top ten five times at the end of the year. She has been ranked number one five times at the end of the year. She was currently ranked as number one for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record held by Steffi Graf (Stefanie Maria Graf). It’s easy as fans and commentators to make disparaging comments, but as the records show, only one other tennis player has more Major titles that Serena Williams and that is Margaret Court (24). Serena currently has twenty-two; will she ever get to twenty-three? Does it really matter?
I have admired Serena and Venus Williams from the day they stepped on the tennis courts. I have not always admired their fashion sense, but I admired their game and integrity on the tennis court. I would love to see Serena get to number twenty-five; however, time is against her and as we have seen, the pressure of playing quality tennis week in and week out is becoming too much in addition to the immense psychological pressure she must feel trying to achieve those tennis goals she has set for herself. In a weird way, I think this may have been a good thing for Serena. She will take the time off to heal her banged up mind and body and come back in 2017 with renewed purpose and intensity. We are very proud of her no matter what and we hope that the 2017 season will see her fulfill her tennis goals.