23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams maybe hasn't played a singles match in 12 months but she certainly seems to be targeting the Wimbledon title. On Saturday, Williams held a pre-tournament press conference at Wimbledon.
There, Williams was asked what would be a good outcome for her at the tournament. "You know the answer to that (smiling). C'mon now," Williams told Ben Rothenberg.
Exactly a year ago, Williams tore her hamstring during her Wimbledon first round match. Williams wanted to come back and hopefully have a more positive finish at The All England Club.
Q. What would be a good outcome for you at the tournament?
SERENA WILLIAMS: You know the answer to that (smiling).
"Yeah, it was a lot of motivation, to be honest," Williams said. "It was always something since the match ended that was always on my mind. So it was a tremendous amount of motivation for that. You never want any match to end like that.
It's really unfortunate."
Williams: I never retired, just needed time to heal
After the Wimbledon injury, Williams was still hoping to be able to play the US Open. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. "I felt like last year was tough.
I felt like I was injured for most of the year. Then I ripped my hamstring. That was tough. I don't think anyone ever wants to do that. So in general the whole experience was rough. Then from there I still tried to make New York.
I gave everything I could, just every day getting ready or trying to make it. But then it's just like, I'm not going to make it. Hung up my racquets for a little bit until I could just heal." Less than two weeks before the start of the tournament, Williams revealed her plans to compete at Wimbledon.
"I didn't retire," Williams said. "I just needed to heal physically, mentally. And, yeah, 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 plays Harmony Tan in the Wimbledon first round.