Serena Williams steps up her preparation for Wimbledon as she takes to Centre Court to practice
Serena Williams ramps up her Wimbledon preparations as she heads to Center Court to practice for Monday’s opener against No. 113 Harmony Tan… a year after last year’s injury
- Serena Williams Increased Her Preparation While Practicing On Center Court
- The 40-year-old hasn’t played singles since she injured her leg a year ago
- Williams makes her comeback as she takes on Harmony Tan on Monday
Serena Williams stepped up her preparation for Wimbledon as she practiced on Center Court Friday afternoon.
The 40-year-old returned to tennis this week after a year out with the Eastbourne International, but had to withdraw due to an injury to doubles partner Ons Jabeur.
Williams has now taken advantage of Wimbledon’s new policy of allowing players to practice on Center Court and No.1 Court before the tournament starts next week.
Serena Williams Increased Her Wimbledon Preparation While Practicing At Center Court
The 40-year-old saw himself preparing with coach Eric Hechtman on Friday afternoon
Williams returns to Wimbledon on Monday, a year after a long-term leg injury
Joined by coach Eric Hechtman and batter Jarmere Jenkins, Williams returned to where she last appeared 12 months ago when she limped from a leg injury.
She followed the world number 1 Iga Swiatej to the main stadium and put in 45 minutes of training, including groundstrokes, overheads and volleys.
The American begins her comeback at Wimbledon by taking on the 113th Harmony Tan on Monday.
Earlier this week, Williams admitted she feared she would not play again. She said, ‘Have I ever doubted whether I would return? Absolutely sure. I’d be unfair if I said no and now my body feels great.”
Williams questioned about her future, adding: ‘You know what I’m literally doing, day by day. I really took my time with my hamstring injury, so I don’t make many decisions after this.
Williams took advantage of Wimbledon’s new policy of allowing players to practice on Center Court
She went through 45 minutes of training, including foundations, overheads and volleys
Williams will be looking for a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam when she returns to Wimbledon on Monday by facing Harmony tan
“Obviously I did a lot of non-training in the beginning and after I couldn’t play New York, I went cold turkey of not exercising.
“It felt good, but I always try to stay semi-fit because you never know when you’re going to play Wimbledon.
“I love tennis and I love to play, otherwise I wouldn’t be here, but I also love what I do off the court.”
Due to her extended absence, Williams is now outside the WTA’s best 1,200 players.
Seven of her 23 Grand Slams have come to Wimbledon and Williams will be chasing a record-breaking 24th on Monday.