Serena Williams is on the lookout for redemption at Wimbledon this season after retiring through the first spherical of the championship final yr.
The 40-year-old, who has received Wimbledon seven occasions prior, mentioned that how issues resulted in 2021 continues to be on her thoughts.
“Yeah, it was plenty of motivation to be sincere,” Williams informed reporters, per ESPN.com. “It was all the time one thing because the match ended that was all the time on my thoughts. So it was an incredible quantity of motivation for that. You by no means need any match to finish like that. It’s actually unlucky.
“I felt like final yr was robust. I felt like I used to be injured for many of the yr. Then I ripped my hamstring. That was robust. I don’t suppose anybody ever needs to do this. So generally the entire expertise was tough.
“Then from there I nonetheless tried to make New York. I gave every thing I might, simply daily, preparing or attempting to make it. However then it’s similar to, I’m not going to make it. Hung up my racquets for a little bit however till I might simply heal.”
Serena Williams is motivated by her injury-filled 2021. Getty Photographs
Serena Williams performs a backhand at apply on Saturday.Getty Photographs
Williams, who’s a wild card entry, mentioned she made the choice to return at Wimbledon earlier than the French Open, although didn’t make it public till June 14. A doubles match at Eastbourne final week marked a return to aggressive tennis after a protracted absence from the sport.
“I didn’t retire,” Williams mentioned. “I simply wanted to heal bodily, mentally. And yeah, I had no plans, to be sincere. I simply didn’t know once I would come again. I didn’t know the way I might come again.
Williams’ subsequent main title will likely be her twenty fourth, tying her with Margaret Courtroom for the all-time lead. She’s going to face Concord Tan in her first spherical match on Tuesday.
“Clearly Wimbledon is such an excellent place to be and it simply form of labored out.” Williams mentioned.