'Every match could be Serena Williams' last', says former ace

“Any game could be Serena Williams’ last,” says the former ace

Grand Slam winner Ashleigh Barty has admitted she felt “intimidated” when she first faced Serena Williams. In 2014, 17-year-old Barty lost to Williams 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Australian Open.

It was four years before Barty and Williams met again as Williams recovered from a set down to beat Barty 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the second round of the 2018 French Open. Barty and Williams were scheduled to meet in the 2021 Yara Valley Classic semi-finals, but Williams pulled out of their match in Melbourne.

Barty announced a shock retirement from tennis in March, while Williams will retire at the US Open. Now Barty admits she would have loved to have challenged Williams one last time. “The first [time] She was a very young girl who was intimidated,” Barty told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

“The second time I thought I had a chance and I did. But the way she played and her size was too good for me. I would have liked to have challenged myself one last time. That’s my competitive spirit and I learn from the experiences I have had.

There aren’t many people on this planet who can say she played with Serena, and I’m one of the few people who actually got to see her at her best. And I found that really exciting.

It’s a memory and experience I’ll never forget and I learned a lot from.” In 2017, Williams and her husband welcomed their first child. In an article published for Vogue, Williams revealed that she and her husband are looking forward to welcoming a second child in the near future.

“I know she has expressed excitement at trying to expand her family and have another child. I hope everything is going well for her and that she can do it happily and safely and that she is healthy,” added Barty.

Andy Roddick talks about Serena

Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick is hoping Serena Williams will wow tennis fans with her powerful game at the upcoming US Open. “Obviously it’s going to be all about Serena Williams as long as she’s in the tournament and rightly so,” Roddick said.

“I would love nothing more than her giving us a thrill that first week but it’s going to be a weird scenario with it as each match could be her last. I hope she enjoys the innocent parts of it along the way because there’s going to be a huge hype mechanism about it.”

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