Serena Williams seems to have set her hopes high as she prepares to return to the WTA Tour. She believes this is the “perfect time” to start, for remaining grand slam tournaments in the season.
Williams shellshocked the sporting world when she claimed her 23rd grand slam title at last year’s Australian Open. But after that, she had to put down her racket as she discovered her pregnancy with her first child. Consequently, She skipped this year’s tournament in Melbourne.
After giving birth to a baby girl last September, she used the remaining time to back on her fitness. Williams was showered with applause when she featured in a Fed Cup doubles match for the United States last month, her first match since attaining motherhood.
Williams will be playing at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells starting this week. Upon asking how she feels about her form and what her fans can expect, the 36-year-old American told the BBC,”My expectations, I don’t know what they are”
“I can’t go and say I expect to lose because that is something I will never say. It’s just a little different. I’m just expecting to see where I am more than anything.
“This is a good time to start for the summer. If I want to play in those grand slams [the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open]and play well, I think now is the perfect time to start.”
Looking to surpass Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles Williams remains motivated. With her now six-month-old daughter watching her mother in action, Serena definitely will be trying her best on the court.
“I’ve always been an extremely motivated person, but my main thing is that I would love for my daughter to be around with me doing great, and playing amazing, so that definitely gives me some motivation,” she added.
“I would have thought I would have retired six years ago, but I’m still here and I’m playing great, and I think I’ll still be playing good.”
Williams, Unseeded at the Indian Wells is scheduled to take on Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the first round tie on Thursday.