We all recognize Serena Williams with her illustrious single career. But she has also had a significant doubles career as well. In the early 2000s, Serena was very much active playing women’s doubles and mixed doubles as well. And one of her American mixed doubles partners was former World No.10, James Blake, and he recently heaped praise on his former on-court partner.
Referring to their Hopman Cup triumph in 2003, Blake remembered playing with Serena. In an interesting choice of words, Blake poked fun at himself. Back then in 2003, Blake had good long hair, but now he is bald. So much has changed since then, but according to Blake, Serena has remained the greatest player.
“My hair is gone, but Serena is still the greatest.” Blake wrote on Twitter.
James Blake calls Serena Williams ‘GOAT’
Further, Blake called Serena the GOAT and the Hopman Cup triumph with her is a good memory for him. The tournament was a great outing for Blake too. In the final of the Hopman Cup, he defeated World No.1, Lleyton Hewitt. And later he and Serena beat Hewitt and Alicia Molik in the final tie of the final to win the cup.
“That was such a fun week. Spending time with the GOAT is always a fond memory.”
With so many records to her name, Serena Williams is often regarded as the ‘Greatest Of All Time’. But she has had to deal with harsh criticism, especially from former player Ion Tiriac. Tiriac doesn’t fancy Serena anymore and has called for her retirement.
“Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire! From all points of view,”
Although Serena hasn’t paid heed to this argument, her husband has continued the war of words. He has strongly refuted any thought of retirement and even poked at Tiriac. He tweeted–“Had to Google it… turns out my 3-year-old has more Grand Slam victories than this,”
Serena’s GOAT status cannot be questioned, and a retirement thought is far-fetched for now. Both the player and her close ones are confident that Serena can make it big again at a Grand Slam.
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