Serena Williams is on top of the tennis world after winning double gold in London and taking the Wimbledon title earlier this year, but she's going to burn out soon unless she gets some rest. The U.S. Open is right around the corner, and she desperately needs to take a break.
Williams made some uncharacteristic mistakes and had trouble moving in her matchup against Urszula Radwanska on Thursday at the Western & Southern Open. According to Reuters, she said:
I was out there and I did the best I could today. I was happy to get through that match...It was just energy. I have been playing a lot, been travelling a lot, been training a lot. It's been a really big summer. Singles and doubles is a tough schedule...I think it's just a one-day thing. I will get some rest.
While she may hope it's a one-day thing, the truth of the matter is that Williams needs to slow down for a minute after this tournament to catch her breath. She's just starting to play like her old self again after a miserable 2011 campaign that was beset by injury.
If Williams isn't careful, she's going to find herself injured once again. After all, she's no spring chicken any more, at the age of 30.
Fatigue isn't anything to take lightly. If Williams hopes to continue her winning ways, she must consider her body's need for rest. The U.S. Open is coming up at the end of August, and Williams would be smart to take an extended break until then.
No woman is playing better tennis than Williams right now, but if she's running on an empty tank, she's going to succumb to defeat at the hands of another player or another injury.
It's time to get some rest, Serena. You deserve it.
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