Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka says Serena Williams has been «incredible» for the game and admits he’s sad to see the 23-time Grand Slam champion retire. The 40-year-old Williams plans to retire at this year’s US Open.
«Yes, of course [I’ll miss Serena Williams], like everyone. I think it’s been amazing for tennis, for the fans, for everyone that’s involved in sports in general a little bit,» Wawrinka said, according to Sportskeeda.
“I have always been a huge fan with many important moments during our career and of course it will be sad to see her go after the US Open.”
Wawrinka: Williams ruined my French Open title party
In the 2015 French Open final, Wawrinka delivered an incredibly high level of tennis and an absolute masterclass to beat Novak Djokovic in the final.
That performance is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, of Wawrinka’s career. That same year, Williams also won the French Open title after beating Lucie Safarova in the final. “I think in 2015 we celebrated the French Open together and she ruined my party after the victory.
It was a lot of fun,” Wawrinka said. Meanwhile, Wawrinka exited this week’s Cincinnati Masters. On Monday, Wawrinka faced three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray. In a battle between two Grand Slam champions, Murray was slightly better beating Wawrinka 7-6(3) 5-7 7-5.
Wawrinka, who returned from foot surgery in late March, has now lost his last five matches. Wawrinka began his grass-court season with a first-round victory at the Queen’s Club, but has since lost his last five matches.
Entering the US Open, Wawrinka is not enjoying great form. Last week in Montreal, Wawrinka began his summer on hard courts with a three-set first-round loss to Emil Ruusuvuori. It remains to be seen how 2016 US Open champion Wawrinka will fare at the US Open.