OFFICIAL: Serena Williams will play the Australian Open 2021

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OFFICIAL: Serena Williams will play the Australian Open 2021

Serena Williams has not been on the pitch since June 30 when, from the injury she suffered on the grass at Wimbledon, when she was forced precisely because of that injury, the North American star was forced to retire in tears, skipping the rest of the season.

A few days ago Serena was a guest of Jimmy Kimmel Live, confirming the presence of her at the Australian Open 2022 and the improvement of her physical condition. She said: "The hamstring has improved. It has taken a long time, it has taken forever, but now it is much better.

It was sad not to have attended, I also had the most fantastic dress for the occasion, I made an extra effort to try to make it but it didn't work." Coming back then talking about the withdrawal against the Belarusian Sasnovich during the London Slam, Williams explained: "In reality I was winning and when I tried to hit I heard this noise and I thought: oh no.

Serena Williams will play the Australian Open 2021

I heard it but I said to myself: go well, let's try to continue. But there was no way, I had to give up. I really like the surface, it's something special to walk on the pitch at Wimbledon, to dress in white and play on the grass, but obviously this was not the my year."

Finally, about her eventual participation in the next Australian Open 2022, she said: "Yes, I will definitely participate!" Serena has won 73 WTA singles titles: 23 of these are Grand Slam events (absolute record in the Open Era, men included), making her the second player ever to have won more Majors in this specialty behind only Margaret Smith Court, with 24.

You have completed the virtual Grand Slam, which consists in winning four consecutive Slams not in the same calendar year, twice (in the two years 2002-2003 and 2014-2015). She has also won five year-end Master Cups and 19 Premier category tournaments (6 Premier Mandatory, 6 Premier 5 and 7 Premier), as well as 21 Tier I and Tier II titles and a gold medal from the London Olympics in 2012 against Maria Sharapova.

Not only in singles Serena Williams can boast numerous victories, but also in women's doubles and mixed doubles, where there are 16 other Grand Slam tournaments: 14 won with her older sister Venus and two in mixed doubles, both obtained with Maks Mirny in 1998 To these successes must be added three other gold medals at the Olympics, all won together with Venus, a Federation Cup and two Hopman Cups.