Serena Williams has been the face of women’s tennis ever since her debut when she was sixteen years old. She has shattered almost every record in women’s tennis history except Margaret Courts grand slam record, in which she is only one title short with 23 titles. Serena was number one in the world at one point in every year between 2002 and 2017 which is unmatched. She even won the Australian Open while pregnant, which is absurd. Her sister Venus, who is also one of the most recognized women tennis players of all time is not even in the same ball park as Serena. With all of this having been said, Serena got pregnant and had to take a long break from tennis in which the television views went down quickly.
Without Serena, Simona Halep took the rains in being the number one player of the world recently, until Caroline Wozniaki just beat her in the finals of the Australian Open and took the number one ranking with her trophy. Even though the tennis was entertaining and competitive, it was nothing like Serena Williams. The disparity in power and strategic match play is evident and missing from women’s tennis. This is the same as if Roger Federer decided to take a break, which no one could ever foresee happening. Serena had her baby Alexis Olympia and is coming back for the Women’s Davis Cup match for the United States. No one knows how fresh she is going to look, or how well she is going to play on court, but she is needed quickly for the sake of women’s tennis.