Serena Williams is currently ranked No.276, but since Wimbledon awards no ranking points this year, the legendary player is set to disappear from the WTA rankings for the first time in almost 25 years.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams hasn’t competed since Wimbledon 2021, where she retired in the first round because of an injury, her first ever opening-round exit in London. In the entire past season, Williams played just six tournaments. This fortnight she’s not defending her 240 points from her fourth-round finish at Roland Garros 2021, so her ranking is going to fall to somewhere around the 1200s, according to Ben Rothenberg’s calculation.
Moreover, regardless of whether she plays Wimbledon or not, Williams will lose all her ranking points after the grass-court Grand Slam, as the WTA made a decision not to award any points at this year’s Championships as a response to the tournament’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players. Therefore, Williams will be erased from the WTA rankings for the first time since October 1997.
Even though we are aware that Williams’ retirement is near, the 40-year-old is still motivated to chase her record-equaling 24th major title. A month and a half ago, the American hinted a Wimbledon comeback, so we expect to see her on the court soon.