Serena Williams, after the exhibition match she won against Naomi Osaka in Adelaide, returned to the field at the Yarra Valley Classic. The American champion defeated Daria Gavrilova in the second round with a score of 6-1, 6-4 and won the round of 16 of the WTA 500 tournament.
In an interview with Forbes magazine, Serena Williams unveiled a particular background linked to the injury suffered to the Achilles tendon during the semifinal of the US Open 2020 lost to Victoria Azarenka.
Serena Williams nearly missed the Australian Open
"Australian Open in early February? It was great for me, because I needed more time," explained the 23-time Grand Slam winner.
"I couldn't train due to the injury. If the Australian Open had been played in normal times, I don't think I would have been there. It was a blessing, I would say. I took some time to recover and do my best."
Serena Williams challenged Tsvetana Pironkova in the third round of the WTA event in Melbounre: the American defeated her rival in straight sets, to reach the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic. In the quarterfinal, Serena will face her countrywoman Danielle Collins.
"It is important for me to see what she has managed to do. We can both do better and better. I always cheer for her. Her story is a great story," said Serena. Meanwhile, Patrick Mouratoglou recalled the start of his historic collaboration with Williams in a recent interview.
He said: "I think our collaboration started at that moment because I was ready, I was reliable in that role. If it wasn't for Serena, I probably would have reached the same level with someone else. Serena was no accident.
Instead, she was already a champion when I met her, but with me she has reached another dimension. In short, we exploded at the same time within our respective professions. I don't want interference in my work with her, that's why I don't get in the way of working with others.
I know the things an agent should do, but I'm not anymore. The coach takes on 100% of the responsibilities, even a part of her life because it could have an impact on her."