Serena Williams loses to Ana Ivanovic at the 2014 Australian Open and proves that she too is human. Over the past several years tennis aficionados, fans, and past athletes, particularly women have wondered both quietly and aloud how she was able to continue to play at such a high level and avoid back injury with her sometimes questionable fitness . A common complaint by many a woman was it is not fair that different parts of their body become smaller the more they run but not for Serena.
No one is suggesting that Serena Williams, the best women's tennis player of all time needs any type of surgery but during her recent offseason she mentioned that she had "just" taken up running as part of her workout. For most people who have ever played tennis the thought that Serena Williams was not devoting herself to having to run as part of her daily workout to get into shape was stunning because it is almost incredulous to believe that for all her years of dominance on the Women's Professional Tennis Tour she has not committed herself to an excessive amount of conditioning work to tone and shape her body so that she could play against the best women tennis players in the world.
Unfortunately for tennis fans and for Serena, she is human and her body is starting to tell her what it tells all adults as they get older: you either work harder to tone and strengthen your body to reduce the strain on your body or your back will say "no mas".
Serena Williams if she never plays another day of competitive tennis will be one of the players who tennis lovers will attest is the greatest woman's tennis player of all time. However, if she wants to win Grand Slam tennis events in the future she must improve her fitness by strengthening the 'core' of her body or she will not return to the winners circle because the players of today are younger and committed to improving both their tennis games and their bodies as they pursue the goal of winning a Grand Slam women's tennis event.
Is Serena Williams, one of the most impressive women athletes of all time willing to commit to an exercise regimen that will allow her to continue being the dominant tennis player on the women's tour. This is the question that will be answered in 2014.