It is dissipating. Like a cloud. Like a dream that was very close and every time it becomes more difficult to achieve. Serena Williams appears to suffer the curse of the 24th Grand Slam title and cannot match the all-time record held by Margaret Court. This time, for no-show at the imminent US Open.
In 1999, at the US Open, Serena won the first of her 23 Grand Slam. He achieved all four twice in a row, but not in the same season. In 2002 he won in a row at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open and joined them with Australia in 2003. The same streak was achieved when he won the 2014 US Open and then succeeded in 2015 in Australia, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
At the 2017 Australian Open, the youngest of the famous Williams sisters achieved her last Grand Slam. That time, she got the 23rd Major and so went on to the German Steffi Graf, who won 22nd. There her dream of the famous 24th was very close, but the story was changing.
She was a mother, she returned to the circuit and in these four years she had participated in all the Grand Slam tournaments since her return. He played 13, reached four finals and lost them all.
Last year, when Flushing Meadows was empty due to the pandemic, they lost in the semifinals to Victoria Azarenka in three sets. She already said it herself, that she puts a lot of pressure on herself to be able to reach the record. He will continue to try, faithful to his winning and fighting lineage, with more careful rivals.
The dream, which was near, was moving away. More serene than ever to return. As always.