Serena Williams revealed she asked for a wild card spot in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to combat boredom. “My back finally started to feel better, but it wasn’t better in time for me to play Doha at the level I’d like to play,” Williams said during her press conference Monday.
“So then it became more about what can I play next, and this was next on the calendar.” “It gets boring to have to practice every day. I was like, ‘I don’t want to practice anymore. I want to play a match.’” Williams, who has been sidelined with a back injury since losing her fourth-round match to Ana Ivanovic last month at the Australian Open, took to Twitter on Friday morning announcing her comeback.
She wrote: “Wildcard into Dubai…Thanks.” The tweet was short and sweet, but was greeted with much enthusiasm from her followers. One reply said, “I am just so glad to know u will be playing. Go HAM on them! <3” (@mjjwoman) Serena will definitely be testing her readiness as she and sister Venus were also granted a wild card entry into the doubles tournament.
“I think it’s actually going to be good for me to do [play singles and doubles] because it will give me more match play,” Serena Williams explained. “I need to get used to the conditions and moving, so it’s definitely helpful.” After getting a first-round bye, Serena Williams will take on Russian Ekaterina Makarova.