‘She’s back!’ – Serena Williams signals intent to play US Open
Serena Williams has signalled her intent to play the US Open this year by signing up for Toronto.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner returned at Wimbledon after a full year out, although she was unable to get past the first round due to what she described as a lack of ‘match toughness.’
Afterwards, she hinted she wanted to play the US Open this year too, although her defeat in SW19 had made her realise she needed to put in the work first to be ready. Clearly, she is ready to follow through on that.
“She’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!” the Canadian Open excitedly announced on social media.
“That’s right, our three-time champion Serena Williams returns to Toronto. And she likes playing here, she’s reached the semis of better the last five times she’s played.”
Serena Williams produced some fine tennis even in defeat at Wimbledon, but as she left the tournament she made it clear that she had her eye on a ‘special’ return to Flushing Meadows.
“When you’re at home, especially in New York, and the US Open, that being the first place I’ve won a Grand Slam, is something that’s always super special,” Serena Williams said after her exit from Wimbledon. “Your first time is always special.
“There’s definitely lots of motivation to get better and to play at home.”
“You got to think if I were playing matches I wouldn’t miss some of those points or this match.”
“It definitely makes me want to hit the practice courts because you’re playing not bad and you’re so close. Any other opponent probably would have suited my game better.
“So, yeah, I feel like that it’s actually kind of like, ‘OK, Serena, you can do this if you want.’”
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