I just honestly don't think she can do it. And if it would help her win a major she would. So undoubtedly it doesn't. That's the point. We saw what happened to her at the Canadian Open. That was one single tournament. When you're 38 and an athlete with bad former injuries, you body doesn't always work all the time.I mean, we can predict all we want. But neither of us will know the answer until all is said and done. If Serena wins a major by only playing a single warm-up, then kudos to her for knowing her level of play. But if she plays another year and doesn’t win a title, it’ll leave a bitter taste in my mouth that she didn’t do more while she could.
I’m not asking her to play 20 tournaments in a year. Asking her to keep training and to take advantage of a huge opportunity she has in front of her (playing one extra tourney and the YEC, playing the top 8, not getting rusty in the offseason, working on her nerves) isn’t too much to ask in my book. She would have all of December and half of January to recoup. No 38 year old athlete can just disappear from competition for four months and expect to just pick up where they left off. I get that she’s trying to preserve her body but her window of opportunity is closing if she doesn’t get a handle on these nerves. With each passing loss, these girls are becoming more confident in their ability to upset Serena.