It has not really been an easy walk for Serena Williams ever since the birth of her first child Alexis, but the Tennis Star has revealed that preparations has been ongoing for her return to her Tennis career although she still has doubts about how she can “keep going” since she has been away from the game for a long while.
The 36-year-old African-American was last seen in her match against her elder sister Venus Williams, where she won her 23rd grand slam singles title during the Australian Open 14 months ago just before giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia.
Williams is expected to make her comeback to the WTA Tour this week where she will be taking on Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas in the opening round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
“It’s been hard,” Williams said in an interview with BBC Sport. “There have been so many days, even still, that I’m like ‘how am I going to keep going?
“But I keep going and I know that I might not be at my best yet but I’m getting there. As long as I’m moving forward, even if it’s at a turtle’s pace, I’m OK with that.”
Speaking before competing at the Tiebreak Tens event in New York, where she reached the semi-finals, Williams added “If I want to play in those grand slams and play well, then now is the perfect time to start.
“My expectations, I don’t know what they are. I can’t go and say ‘I expect to lose’, because that’s just something I’ll never say. It’s just a little different, I’m just expecting to see where I am more than anything.
Williams did not play in the Australian Open this January, not because she was not necessarily fit but just for her doubts, following concerns over her ability to make an impact in Melbourne like she ordinarily would.
But she believes returning to singles action now which is a month away from playing a Fed Cup doubles match for the USA, will keep her in good stead for the year’s three remaining grand slams.
“I don’t need any more motivation, I have the best thing I could ever want right now. I’ve always been an extremely motivated person.
“My main thing is I would love for my daughter to be around, with me doing great and playing amazing so it definitely gives me some motivation.”