Former world No. 1 Monica Seles is rooting for Serena Williams to make a comeback and to make a strong push for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, hasn’t played since Wimbledon.
“Selfishly, I really hope [Serena Williams] comes back,” Seles said in an interview with Richard Osborn in Indian Wells, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “I think it would be great to see her chase that record, kind of what we’re seeing with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
As a former player, to me it’s just unbelievable. “I would think it’s not possible. And they still keep going. I think that’s a credit to the sport, too, to make sure that the stars are staying longer in the sport, that whole longevity-recovery period.
And then the younger players, it’s so exciting. It’s only a matter of time before they break through.”
Seles adds more praise on Williams
“I think also the barriers Serena was able to break were so huge off the court for us women,” Seles said.
“That she was able to have a daughter and come back to the sport is just fantastic to see. That has trickled down to someone like Victoria Azarenka, to lower ranked players.” With Williams or not, Seles thinks the women’s game is in great place right now.
“The women’s game is in a great place right now,” Seles said. “Even as a former player, when I look at a draw, I have no clue who’s going to win it. I think that’s the story here also; the players are so close in terms of the level.
On any given day, anybody can win the tournament.” “I think it’s great for the sport, it’s great for the upcoming players who want to be on the tour one day to see that variety, to say, “If she can do it, I can do it”. It’s a great motivation for the players.”