Any chance for Serena Williams to resume her chase for the record books will have been made even more difficult by the enforced tennis shutdown to to the COVID-19 shutdown.
Former player and current Eurosport commentator Barbara Schett believes that the 38-year-old Williams might face huge obstacles to ever pull even on the all-time mark of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
The American who last played a Tour match in the Australian Open third round four months ago. has stalled for the past several season as she tries to level with Margaret Court.
Williams lifted her last trophy at a major more than three years ago in Melbourne and has since gone down to defeat on four further finals at the Slams after coming back from childbirth..
“I think the time is slowly is slipping by; this enforced break is certainly not great for her or the older players,” Austria’s Schett said.,
“If you are not playing for a few months, not competing, it doesn’t help.
“I was convinced last year she was going to win a Grand Slam title but now I’m just starting to feel that it’s not so possible.”
Williams traditionally limits here schedule, competing only eight times in 2019.
Schett, winner of two career title and a 1999 US Open quarter-finalist, said that the player was once feared on the WTA is not such a force anymore.
“There are players out there who know they can beat her; her mobility isn’t so good, she gets more nervous, she puts pressure on herself to win another Slam.
“She could win another one, but it’s certainly going to get a lot harder than the past couple of years when she’s played in Grand Slam tournaments.”
Williams lost a possible chance when Wimbledon was cancelled due to the worldwide health situation. Her next opportunity might be at the US Open, whose future and August 31 start is in extreme doubt with a decision expected only in mid-June.