Serena Williams Is Set to Reclaim Her Leading Role in Tennis

It is easy for the casual tennis fan to have forgotten about Serena Williams. The 36-year old tennis savant hasn’t entered a tournament for over a year, but to the millions of rabid fans she will garner a lot of attention when she does return. Williams is scheduled to enter the BNP Paribas Open in early March in Indian Wells, California. While she will not be seeded in the tournament, the entire field will surely be put on notice when she returns.

Serena, who has been out while pregnant and giving birth late last year, is 36 years old so it will be interesting how she bounces back from the extended layoff. Her rivals will be prepared for a Serena Williams at 100%. Angelique Kerber’s coach, Wim Fissette, said of Williams’ return, “I believe she will have a good chance of winning a Slam again this year.” While Serena will need to get her legs underneath her, the expectation that she will win a Grand Slam in 2018 is only exceeded by Serena’s own goal for herself. There is no beating Father Time but as Roger Federer showed in last week’s Australian Open, a 36-year old is still capable of winning a Grand Slam. Time will tell but those who know tennis the most are surely not betting against her.