JUSTINE HENIN DOUBTS SERENA WILLIAMS’ ABILITY TO EQUAL GRAND SLAM SINGLES RECORD

Serena Williams beat Justine Henin in the 2010 Australian Open final

SERENA WILLIAMS: JUSTINE HENIN STARTING TO DOUBT ‘EXCEPTIONAL’ AMERICAN WILL EQUAL GRAND SLAM SINGLES RECORD.
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Will Serena Williams win a 24th Grand Slam title? The 40-year-old last won a major at the 2017 Australian Open and has lost in four finals since. Five-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin told Eurosport that she has doubts over whether Williams will win again. Stream the 2022 Australian Open live and on-demand on discovery+

Justine Henin admits she is “starting to have to be convinced” that Serena Williams will win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Williams, 40, has been bidding to match Margaret Court’s all-time record for the last five years, losing in four major finals since her 2017 Australian Open win.
She has not played since suffering an injury in the first round at Wimbledon in the summer and will not feature at the first Grand Slam of 2022 as she strives to get back to full fitness.
Serena Williams beat Justine Henin in the 2010 Australian Open final
Five-time Grand Slam champion Henin thinks Williams has lost some of her fear factor and is unsure if she will lift another major trophy.
“The young players are starting to fear Serena Williams less,” Henin told Eurosport.
“We were afraid of Serena in my era. And a lot of girls continued to be afraid of her for years. Now it’s just not the case anymore and certainly she feels it.

YOU CAN FEEL THAT HER ATTITUDE ON COURT HAS CHANGED. THERE IS LESS SELF-BELIEF, THERE IS LESS CONFIDENCE AND POTENTIALLY, WE CAN ASK, IS THERE STILL THE SAME DRIVE, THE SAME DESIRE?

“And frankly, we are allowed to answer ‘no’. That does not take anything from her and she remains someone exceptional in all that she has accomplished. That will never change.

“And maybe she’s at that point. Maybe she’s in that phase of her life where maybe it’s potentially time to move on.”
Williams has not given any indication that she is going to retire soon as she continues to try to equal Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
She said after announcing her withdrawal from the Australian Open that she is “excited to return and compete at my highest level”. But Henin thinks it is very unlikely that Williams will now add to her major collection.
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“I’m starting to have to be convinced, that the quest that she had set herself to go and win more Grand Slams, at least one Grand Slam, won’t happen. But it’s always hard to answer ‘100 per cent it’s not going to happen’.
“And because all the time, I want to say that I remember Serena Williams is from my generation, my time and she’s still here.
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