After a Tournament-free Year, Serena Williams Aims to Win Wimbledon
By: Sarah Wang
Last Saturday’s Wimbledon tennis tournament was like no other; Serena Williams returned to the tournament after her year-long hiatus due to an injury to her leg. However, this hasn’t stopped her from coming back this year more motivated than ever.
Williams returned to Wimbledon for the 21st time at age 40. After tearing her right hamstring during last year’s Wimbledon, she wasn’t able to play any singles matches until last Saturday. She had slipped during her first-round match and hurt herself further by trying to continue the match with her injury. She was eventually forced to stop her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and was escorted out of the tournament.
Although many may think the injury caused major drawbacks in Williams’s career, Williams herself claims it did the total opposite.
Regarding the desire to redeem herself at Wimbledon, she said, “It was always something, since the match ended, that was always on my mind,” Williams said. “So it was a tremendous amount of motivation…You never want any match to end like that. It’s really unfortunate, but it was definitely something that’s always been at the top of my mind.”
While recovering from her injury, Williams had to withdraw from three Grand Slam tournaments leaving many fans to contemplate whether she’d continue playing tennis in the future. However, it’s clear that Williams doesn’t plan to retire any time soon.
During her time away from tournaments she’s been anything but bored between taking care of her daughter, Olympia Williams, and her capital firm, Serena Ventures. Her venture capital firm specializes in investing in companies with underrepresented backgrounds.
“A part of me feels like that is a little bit more of my life now than tournaments,” Williams says regarding her life outside of tennis, “When you do have a venture company, you do have to go all in. It definitely takes literally all my extra time. And it’s fun. I’m currently out of office for the next few weeks, so if you email me, you’ll get the nice ‘out of office’ reply. Everyone knows that I’ll be back in a few weeks. But it’s good.”
Williams has recently switched coaches, going from Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou to Eric Hechtman, who coaches Serena’s older sister Venus as well. He aims to improve on her skill and help Serena win Wimbledon, no matter how long she’s gone without playing.
“She’s a champion, right? And she’s playing Wimbledon for a reason,” he said. “Just like I think anybody that walks into the tournament, their goal is to win the event. And that’s our goal.”