23 grand slam titles, 7 Wimbledon titles, and one match down in Serena Williams’ hope for a 24th title. Williams returned to the All England Club to pursue her eighth Wimbledon championship title. She defeated Netherlands’ Arantxa Rus.
After missing last year’s chance to compete in the Wimbledon championship due to the preparation of giving birth to her baby girl Alexis Olympia, Williams will be returning to compete in the Women’s Singles competition. Although Williams has gained a more intimate title, mom, she told reporters during a recent Wimbledon interview that if anything her completive desire has gotten stronger with everything she has been through.
“I was in the hospital and I said something about Olympia playing and I was like not if I’m still playing,” Williams jokingly stated.
In early June, Williams was forced to pull out of the French Open due to a chest injury that prevented her from serving. She sustained pectoral muscle issues on her right side. Her return to Wimbledon will not only be her first Wimbledon match since baby Olympia, but her return since the chest injury as well. Williams says she took almost three weeks from completely serving to focus on rehabilitation for her shoulder twice a day.
“I think it worked, so far so good. We’ll see how it goes,” Williams stated.
Williams elaborated on how special this Wimbledon championship is for her and her daughter Olympia is the main cause for that. The 23 grand slam title tennis player says she enjoyed taking her daughter center court and she expounded on how emotional sharing that moment with her daughter made her.
“I’ve never felt that before, taking all that moment and having that opportunity to share it with my daughter and my future was more than I expected,” Williams commented.
The grand slam title holder is expected to compete next on Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30 a.m. EST against Viktoriya Tomova.