What’s Subsequent for Serena Williams?

“Nice that she’s attempting to return again,” stated Nadal, who has 22 Grand Slam singles titles, one fewer than Williams.

Like Williams, he has battled again from probably career-ending accidents of late. He’s almost 5 years youthful than Williams, however is likely one of the few individuals who can perceive what goes by means of Williams’s coronary heart and thoughts.

“The one factor that exhibits is ardour and love for the sport,” Nadal stated of her comeback try. “Simply being right here exhibits that she has plenty of love for her work and for this recreation. And I feel that’s an amazing instance.”

There have been flashbacks on Tuesday. Williams surged to an early lead within the deciding set, then minutes later, she was preventing, down a recreation, although on serve, in opposition to the A hundred and fifteenth-ranked participant on the planet, a 24-year-old who grew up watching her on tv. Williams even served for the match after greater than two and a half hours on the courtroom, at 5-4. Serving comes from the legs, and Williams’s legs had misplaced their energy. She sprayed errors huge and into the online, all of the sudden unable to deal with Tan’s slicing strokes.

She would save a match level on her serve two video games later with a basic swinging forehand volley as she charged the online. However within the tiebreaker, she frittered away prosperity as soon as extra, permitting a 4-0 result in grow to be a 9-7 deficit. Then got here one final forehand into the online on the 3-hour, 11-minute mark.

Williams packed up her baggage, waved to the group, after which, in an interview room a short time later, stated the concept of enjoying in New York on the U.S. Open later in the summertime, after a while on the apply courts, carried loads of attraction. She, at the least, nonetheless believes. Retirement, for now, didn’t come up.

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