Most of us had a pretty bleh 2017, but Serena Williams, champion in every sense of the word, managed to have a pretty spectacular year. "This was such a good time for me.First matches back are always super-incredibly hard, especially after having a baby". The 37-year-old former world number one made her comeback to tennis just four months after giving birth to her first daughter Alexis Olympia in September, almost a year removed from her last appearance on a tennis court when she claimed a record-breaking 23rd major crown at the Australian Open.
"I don't know if I'm totally ready yet or not".
The athlete had the full support of her husband, Alexis Ohanian, however, as the Reddit co-founder took to Instagram to cheer on his wife's return to tennis. "When I come back, I definitely want to be competing for championships", said the American. "I'm going to go and just assess what I want, and what I want to do and figure that out". "This is kind of how I am right now".
And as for making her return to tennis after some time out, Williams said, "I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I've never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. This is happening sooner than later, and it's going by so fast". Not only did she get married to Alexis Ohanian, she also gave birth to their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.
"In the beginning, it felt a little tough". Asked where she goes next after this short trip in Abu Dhabi, Serena replied: 'I don't know. "The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set".
Williams also said that she is still undecided on her title defense of the Australian Open, which starts January 15. And it's on the house.