溫布爾登:塞雷娜-威廉姆斯說SW19回歸的動機是2021年的含淚退出

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溫布爾登:塞雷娜-威廉姆斯說SW19回歸的動機是2021年的含淚退出

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塞雷娜-威廉姆斯說,她重返溫布爾登背後的一個很大的激勵因素是不想讓去年含淚傷退成為她最後的SW19記憶。

這位40歲的美國人幾乎在一年前的第一輪比賽中滑倒時撕裂了腿筋。

"說實話,這是一個很大的動力,"威廉姆斯說,她將在周二對陣法國的Harmony Tan。

威廉姆斯本周早些時候在伊斯特本重返WTA巡迴賽,與突尼斯選手Ons Jabeur一起參加雙打比賽。

自從去年在與白俄羅斯選手Aliaksandra Sasnovich的比賽中滑倒後,她揮淚告別了中心球場,就再也沒有打過單打。

她說:"自從比賽結束後,我一直都在想這件事,"她說。"所以這對我來說是一個巨大的動力。

"你永遠不希望任何比賽以這種方式結束。這真的很不幸。

"但這絕對是我一直在考慮的事情。"

威廉姆斯距離澳大利亞選手瑪格麗特-考特的24個大滿貫單打冠軍的記錄還差一個大滿貫冠軍。

直到幾周前,當她宣布打算參加溫布爾登比賽時,許多人懷疑有史以來最偉大的球員之一是否已經悄悄地退役了。

在伊斯特本復出後,威廉姆斯說,如果說她對自己是否會再次打出頂級網球沒有疑慮,那是 "不誠實的"。

"我沒有退役。我只是需要在身體和精神上進行治療,"她周六在全英俱樂部說。

"說實話,我沒有計劃。我只是不知道我什麼時候會回來。我不知道我將如何回來。

"顯然,溫布爾登是一個如此偉大的地方,它只是一種工作。

威廉姆斯是本周在中心球場打球的球員之一,因為全英俱樂部改變了傳統,允許表演球場用於練習賽。

她說,周五與她的團隊的練習是一個從去年的經歷中獲得精神上的進步的機會。

她說:"對我來說,從我的系統中擺脫出來是件好事,因為我在中心球場的最後時刻可能不是我最好的時刻,"她說。

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Serena Williams says a big motivating factor behind her Wimbledon return was not wanting last year's tearful injury retirement to be her final SW19 memory.

The 40-year-old American tore her hamstring when she slipped during her first-round match almost a year ago.

"It was a lot of motivation, to be honest," said Williams, who will play France's Harmony Tan on Tuesday.

Williams made her return to the WTA Tour at Eastbourne earlier this week, playing in the doubles alongside Tunisia's Ons Jabeur.

She has not played singles since waving a tearful farewell to Centre Court last year after slipping in the match against Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

"It was always something since the match ended that was always on my mind," she said. "So it was a tremendous amount of motivation for that.

"You never want any match to end like that. It's really unfortunate.

"But it was definitely something that's always been on the top of my mind."

Williams is one major title short of Australian player Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam singles wins.

Until a few weeks ago, when she announced her intention to play Wimbledon, many wondered whether one of the greatest players of all time might have slipped quietly into retirement.

Following her comeback in Eastbourne, Williams said it would be "dishonest" to say she did not have doubts over whether she would play top-level tennis again.

"I didn't retire. I just needed to heal physically, mentally," she said at the All England Club on Saturday.

"I had no plans, to be honest. I just didn't know when I would come back. I didn't know how I would come back.

"Obviously Wimbledon is such a great place to be, and it just kind of worked out."

Williams was among the players who hit on Centre Court this week, following a change of tradition from the All England Club to allow the show court to be used for practice sessions.

She said Friday's practice with her team was an opportunity to move on mentally from last year's experience.

"It was good for me to get that out of my system because the last moment I had on Centre Court was probably not my best moment," she said. • None Alerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone

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