‘Serena Williams was never going to win the French Open, but she didn’t need to,’ says legend

Serena Williams was ‘never going to win’ the French Open this year, says Boris Becker, but she proved her quality by trying.

Williams was coming off the back of an Achilles injury picked up at the US Open last month, and she could only make it through one match at Roland Garros before having to withdraw.

Becker, though, says that speaks more for her than a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title would, particularly with the likes of Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, and Bianca Andreescu refusing to travel.

“Serena Williams was never going to win this French Open,” Becker told the Daily Mail, “but she deserves credit for making the journey to Paris and trying to compete before realising that her Achilles injury made it too difficult.

“Everyone talks about whether she can win a historic 24th Grand Slam but I am not convinced it is as important to her as everyone makes out.

“Anyone who knows a bit about it already recognises her as the greatest player ever.

“She increasingly looks like the elder stateswoman and by coming to Paris and supporting the tour she acted like it.”

Williams defeated Kristie Ahn in the first round, including a second set bagel, but announced her withdrawal before her next match was due to begin.

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