Greg Rusedski helped Serena Williams “make a Pete Sampras” and win in 2022 US Open as the tennis legend confirmed her upcoming retirement plans.
The 40-year-old 24-time Grand Slam winner, the most decorated player of the Open Era, sent shockwaves through the sport on Tuesday, revealing her 27-year career is almost over after turning pro in 1995 at the age of just had turned 14.
Since then, tributes have come in, from mega-celebrities like Kim Kardashian to current players like World No. 11 America Coco Gauff, the latter calling Williams the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) and praising her influence.
But before Williams retires, the US Open – which runs from August 29 to September 11 – will see her contest the last grand slam of the year as she seeks her seventh Flushing Meadows crown in New York lift after winning it for the first time in 1999.
If she emerged victorious at the 2022 US Open, Williams would match Margaret Court’s record of 25 Grand Slam titles in what would be a fairytale ending to an incredible career.
“There’s no question she’s the greatest male or female tennis player right now,” Rusedski told Sky Sports News.
“She has the most majors in the Open Era, you have to look at the depth of the game and also the generation that she’s gone through.
“Maybe she doesn’t have the record of 24, but what she’s accomplished, as well as her backstory to achieving what she’s accomplished. No question. She is a complete athlete.
“She’s cash register. She’s also carried women’s tennis with her sister Venus for the past two decades, you’ve obviously had other great players around you, but she brings your non-tennis fan to the sport.
“Anyone who knows absolutely nothing about tennis knows the name Serena Williams. She is an icon and we are losing an icon of our sport and she will be missed so much.
“If she gets a hot streak, she could retire in the same way that Pete Sampras did by winning his last major he ever played at, which was the US Open in 2002. So, let Serena or great champions do not renounce their danger .
‘I think she has one [major win] with her in New York. Let’s not forget that she will be at Arthur Ashe Stadium for every game she plays and when 20,000 people are cheering every ball it is very discouraging for your opponent.”
Williams is currently playing at the National Bank Open in Toronto, Canada and is then expected to play in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open before heading to Flushing Meadows.
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