Rafael Nadal On Serena Williams' Retirement: 'It'S A Shame'

Rafael Nadal on the retirement of Serena Williams: «It’s a shame»

As many times before, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are among the biggest stars of the upcoming US Open. While Rafa will have more opportunities to compete on the more notable scene in the years to come, it is the last show for Serena, who will bow out in front of her home crowd.

Nadal praised Williams, calling her a legend and saying it’s a shame she’s leaving the sport after giving so much over the past 25 years. The veteran will enter her 21st and final US Open, deciding to retire at her beloved tournament, where she debuted in 1998 at age 16!

Williams has played just nine events since the start of 2021, reaching two semi-finals in Melbourne last year and failing to repeat that. Serena suffered an injury at Wimbledon last year and was away from the courts for almost a year.

The American surprised everyone when she signed on to play doubles at Eastbourne this June before embracing another Wimbledon campaign. Serena suffered a heavy 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 loss to Harmony Tan in the first round at the All England Club.

Williams entered Toronto and faced Nuria Parrizas Diaz in the first match. The American won 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 57 minutes for her first win in 430 days! Serena took three breaks and defended seven of eight break chances to emerge on top.

Rafael Nadal spoke about Serena Williams before the US Open.

Williams faced Belinda Bencic in the second round and suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss. In her last meeting before the US Open, Williams suffered a heavy 6-4, 6-0 loss to Emma Raducanu in just over an hour in Cincinnati.

The youngster built an early lead in the first set and held it 6-4. Emma was the only player on the court in set number two, she delivered one of Serena’s rare bagels and advanced to the second round. Williams will play Monday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, hoping to make a good run in front of her partisan crowd in what should be an emotional duel for her.

“From a sporting point of view, it is a shame that Serena is retiring. On the other hand, she deserves to enjoy everything she has achieved. Serena has worked hard for a long time, with determination, dedication and discipline. I hope she stays. tennis in some way; that would be good for tennis. Serena is a legend,» Rafael Nadal said.

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