Following this loss, many are now calling for Serena Williams to call it a quit, citing age as a factor that she won’t surmount. Is her age the end of her dream for one more Grand Slam singles title?
Once again, Serena Williams, who will become 40 this year, came within reach of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, playing well enough to get to the closing days of a major tournament. And once again, Williams couldn't quite get it done — beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.
This is not her first loss to the younger Naomi Osaka who is just 23 years old this year, 2021. Osaka, who also beat her idol Williams in the chaotic 2018 U.S. Open final, reached her fourth major title match and stretched her winning streak to 20 matches.
So, following this loss, many are now calling for Serena Williams to call it a quit, citing age as a factor that she won’t surmount?
Age might not be on her side, but the spirit to win rests with her. And this determination to win, might earn her a place amount great athletes who clinched titles way past their prime.
On November 5, 1994, George Foreman, age 45, becomes boxing's oldest heavyweight champion when he defeats 26-year-old Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas. More than 12,000 spectators at the MGM Grand Hotel watched Foreman dethrone Moorer, who went into the fight with a 35-0 record.
In 2019, Karlovic, who turned 40 in February of that year, won 7-6(4) 7-5 6-7(7) 7-5 in a match featuring players with a combined age of 77 -- the oldest in a Grand Slam in the professional era. Karlovic became the oldest man to win at Roland Garros since Torben Ulrich in 1973 at the age of 44. He is also the oldest male player to win a Grand Slam match since Ken Rosewall, also 44, did so at the 1978 Australian Open.
When people aren't willing to quit and it's not unsafe for them to compete, what they need is encouragement to win, if that's what they desire most.
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