‘Gave Myself a Timeline’ – Serena Williams Opens up About Her Comeback Journey After Last Year’s Wimbledon

Published 06/22/2022, 12:09 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Serena Williams suffered one of the worst injuries in her tennis career at last year’s Wimbledon Championship. Injuring her hamstring, the former World No. 1 was forced to be out of the tour for a complete year. Recovering from the injury, the 7-time Wimbledon champion is finally back on the court.

Eyeing a strong comeback at the 2022 Wimbledon Championship, Serena is currently polishing herself in Eastbourne, to be at her best at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Recalling her recovery phase, yesterday, the legendary player opened up about her comeback journey after last year’s Wimbledon.

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How did Serena Williams come back on the tour after a year?

Currently, in Eastbourne, Williams is playing women’s doubles with Ons Jabeur at the WTA 500 Rotheysay International. Yesterday, Williams had her first win in a year when she and Ons outplayed the team of Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round of women’s doubles. 

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Following the win, the two-headed towards the post-match press conference. During the press conference, Williams opened up about how she made a comeback after last year’s Wimbledon. Repeating her years-old mantra, the 23-time Grand Slam champion asserted giving time was the key factor for her coming back to the tour.

She said“I gave myself a timeline to get here. I gave myself enough time to be here.”

Analyzing yesterday’s match, one could see a completely different Serena. While the current World No. 1204 had some high points in her game, she undoubtedly could be seen struggling with her movement. However, considering a comeback after a year, the 40-year-old is expected to get better with every match she plays.

Serena at the 2022 Wimbledon Championship

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Ahead of Eastbourne is the much-awaited singles comeback of Serena at the 2022 Wimbledon Championship. While her Wimbledon comeback is one of the most awaited events of the year, fans around the world look kind enough to give her the leverage of coming back after a year.

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Serena Williams in action during her first round ladies’ singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on centre court on day two of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

However, considering her mighty record, they do seem to have certain hopes for a miracle, from the 7-time Wimbledon champion.

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Will Serena raise her game in the next five days, to be at her best at the 2022 Wimbledon? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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