After a dramatic, entertaining but unsuccessful comeback at Wimbledon, Serena Williams is fueling hope that the spectacle will continue in New York.
Deep into the night after her memorable return, Serena Williams reached out to her fans.
She had long since answered questions from the media mob, surprisingly patient in view of the dramatic first-round defeat at Wimbledon. But she wanted to share her thoughts personally with her 15 million followers and maybe give a little hope for the continuation of the tennis spectacle.
“It was amazing and so intense,” Williams wrote: “Not the result I came for, but my goodness I enjoyed it. I hope you do too.” Her post on the social network Instagram ended with the words: “Onward and up” – let’s go. Keep going. Maybe up to the US Open, her home grand slam? She was “very motivated to get better and play at home,” Williams said.
“Today I gave everything I could”
Turning 41 at the end of September, she is now little more than a shadow of the oversized tennis player of yore, as was demonstrated against brave Frenchwoman Harmony Tan.
With a tremendous fighting spirit and hard punches, but human, with obvious weaknesses and mistakes that she would never have forgiven herself at the height of her work. After more than three hours and the 5:7, 6:1, 6:7 (7:10) she was more merciful this time.
“Today I gave everything I could,” Williams said. “Maybe I could give more tomorrow, maybe I could have given more last week, but today was the only thing possible. Sometimes you have to be okay with that.” After all, she – along with Tan – put on a great show for the crowd on Center Court at the All England Club and celebrated for herself “a great win. The greatest ever,” she said, only half-jokingly.
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She remained calm and “didn’t get angry”. “I didn’t throw a racquet,” Williams said. Tan, number 115 in the world rankings, had annoyed her with the forehand slice and the disrespect of never being shaken off. The hours passed and Williams, who had traveled to Wimbledon without much preparation, was later surprised to find that physically she had kept up quite well.
She only “suffered” on the last points, said the businesswoman and mother with 23 Grand Slam titles – seven of them in Wimbledon. She hadn’t trained enough for such an epic match after a year’s break from the tournament. So why not really move on? Tackle the challenges of the rock-hard hard courts, soak up the emotions in Flushing Meadows, where it all began?
“It’s always very special at home, especially in New York, at the US Open, the place where I won my first Grand Slam tournament,” Williams said. That was in 1999 – an unbelievable 23 years ago.
Before 9/11, Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden. A lot has happened since then, but one thing has stayed the same: Williams’ unwavering self-confidence. “I’m kind of Serena. And that’s pretty awesome,” she said.