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Father Time and a crop of young talent are finally catching up with Serena Williams


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SOURCE: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/dan-wolken/2019/06/01/serena-williams-has-father-time-finally-caught-up-tennis-star/1313124001/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=amp&utm_campaign=speakable
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There is no mystery that the number 24 ranks high among the reasons Serena Williams still wants to do this, even at a stage of her life where tennis and motherhood both occupy her time and her body isn’t as cooperative as it was even a few years ago when she was cranking out Grand Slams at a record pace. On the grass, where the rallies are shorter and her serve can still be a big factor, she’ll always have a chance.But Saturday’s 6-2, 7-5 loss to Kenin, who had never previously been past the third round of a major, seemed like a moment that revealed what kind of challenge Williams now faces in the Grand Slams. Since then, she’d only played 3 1/2 matches coming into the French Open with one mid-match retirement to Muguruza at Indian Wells and injury withdrawals in Miami and Rome.Even Williams, as cleanly as she still hits the ball, can’t just show up and pound forehands from the middle of the court and expect to win big matches.

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