WTA: Serena Williams didn’t know when and in what condition she would return to the game

The American Serena Williams, who will play her first singles tournament in a year at Wimbledon (June 27 to July 11), admitted at a press conference on Saturday that she does not know how to continue her career and in which ​​state they will be. would.

“I haven’t retired. I needed to heal myself physically and mentally, I didn’t have any plans, it’s just that I didn’t know when I would return and in what condition I would return,” explained the player with 23 Grand Slam titles , 40 years old.

She hasn’t played a singles since retiring in the first round of the grass major against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich last year and explained that she didn’t want her story to end like this at Wimbledon, where she has won seven times since her first appearance in 1998 .

“That was a great source of motivation. It’s always been in the back of my mind since the end of that game,” she said.

“Wimbledon wasn’t easy last year. I felt hurt most of the year. Then I hurt my thigh. I tried very hard to play in New York, I gave everything every day to be ready or at least to try. But in the end I realized I couldn’t. So I put my snowshoes away while I took care of myself,” she said.

The player was able to train at Wimbledon on Center Court, which she left in tears after a slip last year because, contrary to tradition, the organizers allowed training on the short course to make the pitch less slippery for the first laps.

“I was really lucky to have this opportunity to play there (before the competition started) and it was good psychologically because my last few moments on center court weren’t the best…” she pointed out.

She also explained that in May, before Roland-Garros, she decided to return to Wimbledon. For this she played the Eastbourne tournament in doubles with Ons Jabeur (3rd in the world in singles).

“I probably could have played singles there. I felt more ready than I would have thought a month or two or three ago,” she said.

Serena Williams, who still dreams of winning a 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record, dropped to 1204th in the world and received a pass to play Wimbledon. In the first round she meets the French Hamony Tan (113th).

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