Tennis

Serena Williams ‘completely’ had doubts about competing once more

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her round of 16 doubles match with Tunisia's Ons Jabeur against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo and Czech Republic's Marie

Tennis – Eastbourne Worldwide – Devonshire Park Garden Tennis Membership, Eastbourne, Britain – June 21, 2022 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates profitable her spherical of 16 doubles match with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in opposition to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo and Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova Motion Photos through Reuters/Andrew Boyers

EASTBOURNE, England— Serena Williams returned to tennis after a 12 months away with a doubles win on the Eastbourne Worldwide on Tuesday and whereas the American nice reaffirmed her love for the sport she mentioned her future on the circuit stays unsure.

The 23-times main champion had not performed aggressive tennis since limping out of her first-round match ultimately 12 months’s Wimbledon in tears as a consequence of a leg harm, and the 40-year-old mentioned there have been occasions when she doubted she would ever compete once more.

Nevertheless, Williams, who has received seven Wimbledon singles titles, took a wildcard for the grasscourt main and kicked off her preparations with a doubles win with Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

“You realize what, I’m actually taking it someday at a time,” Williams informed reporters about her plans, saying she “completely” had moments of doubt about returning to the Tour.

“I actually took my time with my hamstring harm so I’m simply not making a ton of selections after this.”

Williams received the final of her 23 Grand Slam titles on the 2017 Australian Open and stays one shy of equalling Margaret Court docket’s document for essentially the most main titles.

She reached the ultimate at 4 majors since returning to the Tour after giving beginning to daughter Olympia in 2017 however misplaced in straight units on every event.

Hypothesis about retirement gathered tempo when Williams, who has slipped down the rankings to no 1,204, launched her long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou in April to coach Romania’s Simona Halep.

Requested if she noticed herself taking part in into the following 12 months, Williams mentioned: “I don’t know, I can’t reply that.

“However I like tennis and I like taking part in, or else I wouldn’t be out right here, proper?

“However I additionally love what I do off the court docket, what I’ve constructed with Serena Ventures, it’s attention-grabbing.”

The Wimbledon major draw kicks off on Monday.

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