Serena Williams wanted to heal bodily and mentally throughout a troublesome 12 months away from tennis attributable to accidents and had doubts about her comeback at one stage, the previous world primary stated on Saturday as she prepares to return to Wimbledon.
Williams, 40, limped out of her first-round match final 12 months on the grasscourt Grand Slam — the place she has claimed seven of her 23 majors — following a leg damage.
“I don’t know. I didn’t retire. I wanted to heal bodily, mentally. 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’d come again,” Williams instructed reporters.
The American has slid right down to 1,204 within the rankings and wanted a wildcard from Wimbledon organisers the All England Garden Tennis Membership to compete in the primary draw of the ladies’s singles.
She warmed up for the most important, which begins on Monday, by teaming up with Tunisian Ons Jabeur in doubles at this week’s Eastbourne occasion the place the pair reached the quarter-finals earlier than an damage to Jabeur ended their marketing campaign.
“Wimbledon is such an important place to be, and it simply labored out,” Williams added.
“I went into this saying I’d play Eastbourne. I’d by no means be prepared for singles, I’ll play doubles and see how I felt. Undoubtedly in all probability might have performed singles there.
“However the doubles was nice … I felt extra ready than I assumed I’d a month or two months or three months in the past. So it was stunning, but additionally it’s a enjoyable time to be on the market and to take pleasure in it. Simply to be out on the courtroom once more was cool.”
Williams, who has been drawn to face France’s Concord Tan within the first spherical, stated she felt like she was injured for the entire of 2021 after Wimbledon.
“Final 12 months was robust … I ripped my hamstring. I don’t suppose anybody ever desires to do this. The entire expertise was tough,” the American added.
“From there I attempted to make New York. I gave every thing I might, simply day by day preparing or making an attempt to make it. However then it’s like, I’m not going to make it. Hung up my rackets for a bit of bit till I might simply heal.
“It’s a troublesome damage really to have what I had final 12 months. It was no enjoyable.”