The inaugural WTA Tour Champion and 12-times Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King discussed Serena Williams’s upcoming days. After Serena came back from childbirth reached the Grand Slam finals at the 2019 Wimbledon and the 2019 US Open. However, the American is still searching for her record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title. Notably, Former World No.01 will turn 39 in September 2020.
When You’re Old You Will Be Fit- Billie Jean to the King of WTA Serena Williams
The founder of WTA Billie Jean King believes the long tennis break will make a positive impact on her compatriot Serena Williams’s future tennis career.
“I think you have to look at it as a positive in that you have to figure out what you need to do,” said the 76-year-old King on CNN interview. When asked how the layoff would affect Williams’ chances of catching Court. “The one thing when you’re an older player is you have to be more fit than you ever thought possible. I played until I was 40,”
The 1968 Australian Open Champion concluded her singles career as a 40-years-old at the same tournament in 1983. By 46 years old, King ended her doubles career at the Florida tournament in 1990.Embed from Getty Images
“And I remember sometimes playing against a player that was half my age. So you have to be extremely, extremely fit and if I were Serena with this time off I would enjoy my baby daughter and my husband but I would also be, absolutely just from a physical point of view, driving myself and being absolutely disciplined to be so fit … so when the tournaments start up again you definitely can be ready.
“But I think that’s the most important thing for Serena because once she starts playing matches, she is amazing.”