The 23 Grand Slams winner is going to play against Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas in the first round at Indian Wells in California, USA, in the WTA tour. In a confession, Serena said ‘she almost walked away from tennis after the birth of her daughter, Olympia’. The tennis ace added that there are days when she still “doubts” that how she can “keep going”.
The 36-year-old world champion took a sabbatical from tennis 14 months ago after clinching the 2017 Australian Open while she is in the initial stages of her pregnancy. She announced the news after the Grand Slam got over and stunned the world. In the historic final match of the Australian Open 2017, Serena defeated sister Venus in straight sets to win a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
She gave birth to her first child on September 1 last year, post which, she remained bed-ridden for six weeks. Serena has been focusing hard on her fitness ever since she regained her health post the delivery.
In an interview with BBC, Serena said, “It’s been hard. 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.”
Talking about competing in the upcoming Grand Slams tournament, Serena was quoted as saying, “If I want to play in those grand slams and play well then now is the perfect time to start.”