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Serena Williams ‘completely’ had doubts about competing once more

Tennis – Eastbourne Worldwide – Devonshire Park Garden Tennis Membership, Eastbourne, Britain – June 21, 2022 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates successful her spherical of 16 doubles match with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur towards Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo and Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova Motion Photographs through Reuters/Andrew Boyers

EASTBOURNE, England— Serena Williams returned to tennis after a 12 months away with a doubles win on the Eastbourne Worldwide on Tuesday and whereas the American nice reaffirmed her love for the sport she stated her future on the circuit stays unsure.

The 23-times main champion had not performed aggressive tennis since limping out of her first-round match finally 12 months’s Wimbledon in tears as a result of a leg damage, and the 40-year-old stated there have been instances when she doubted she would ever compete once more.

Nonetheless, Williams, who has gained seven Wimbledon singles titles, took a wildcard for the grasscourt main and kicked off her preparations with a doubles win with Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

“You already know what, I’m actually taking it someday at a time,” Williams instructed reporters about her plans, saying she “completely” had moments of doubt about returning to the Tour.

“I actually took my time with my hamstring damage so I’m simply not making a ton of choices after this.”

Williams gained the final of her 23 Grand Slam titles on the 2017 Australian Open and stays one shy of equalling Margaret Court docket’s file for probably the most main titles.

She reached the ultimate at 4 majors since returning to the Tour after giving beginning to daughter Olympia in 2017 however misplaced in straight units on every event.

Hypothesis about retirement gathered tempo when Williams, who has slipped down the rankings to no 1,204, launched her long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou in April to coach Romania’s Simona Halep.

Requested if she noticed herself enjoying into the following 12 months, Williams stated: “I don’t know, I can’t reply that.

“However I really like tennis and I really like enjoying, or else I wouldn’t be out right here, proper?

“However I additionally love what I do off the courtroom, what I’ve constructed with Serena Ventures, it’s attention-grabbing.”

The Wimbledon principal draw kicks off on Monday.

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