Serena Williams unsure about playing in year’s remaining Grand Slams
Serena Williams handled critical well being points after giving delivery to her daughter final September and the previous world primary stated on Friday that her standing for the year’s remaining grand slams stays up in the air.
Following the draw for this week’s Fed Cup tie towards the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina, the place Williams will make her aggressive return on Sunday, the American was requested if it was her intention to play the final three grand slams of 2018.
“Right now, I don’t know,” Williams instructed reporters. “Right now I’m focused on this weekend and after that I’ll figure out what it might be.”
Williams has not performed a WTA event since she received the Australian Open title final yr and skipped this year’s opening grand slam as a result of considerations about her health 4 months after giving delivery to her first little one.
The 36-year-old American later revealed to Vogue journal she was bedridden for six weeks from a sequence of problems, together with a pulmonary embolism that led to a number of surgical procedures, after her daughter was delivered by emergency C-section.
But Williams, whose triumph in Melbourne final yr gave her an Open-era report 23rd grand slam – one shy of the all-time report held by Australian Margaret Court – nonetheless has a want to compete in tennis’s blue riband occasions.
“I have long-term goals obviously. Right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment,” stated Williams, who will workforce up with world quantity 62 Lauren Davis in a probably decisive fifth rubber. “It goes unsaid 25 (grand slams) is obviously something that I would love, but I’d hate to limit myself.”
Williams, who has already established herself as one of many best ladies’s players ever, has not performed since shedding an exhibition in Abu Dhabi final December to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
Williams stated she had handled loads of ups and downs whereas getting ready for her comeback however added that the challenges to regain her health have given her a brand new perspective.
“I think that’s normal for everything that I’ve gone through,” Williams stated when requested about the hurdles she has needed to overcome in getting again in form.
“But it also gives me another view. It’s almost relaxing for me because I have nothing to prove. Again, just fighting against all odds to be out there, to be competing again.”
Williams additionally credited her older sister Venus, who will contest the opening singles rubber for the U.S. on Saturday, for serving to her to not lose sight of her objectives.
“I have a great partner and relationship with Venus. She’s been really, really positive,” stated Williams. “There’s moments which have simply been onerous, getting again on the market doing it every single day. You must get used to that, get in the rhythm of that.
“I’ve been in a position to actually depend on her for that.”