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Serena talks knee injury, Barty, history and potential Andy Murray mixed doubles partnership ahead of 19th Wimbledon campaign

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 30 Jun 2019
  • Serena is gunning for an eighth Wimbledon title over the next fortnight
  • The American has been dealing with a knee injury all season
Serena Williams (PA Images)

Serena Williams appears to have overcome the worst of a knee injury that has plagued her all season as she prepares her bid for an eighth Wimbledon title, while she also teased a potential partnership with Andy Murray in mixed doubles.

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Williams has been restricted to just five events all season and hasn’t competed in a lead-in event on grass after suffering a third round defeat to Sofia Kenin at the French Open.



Set to open her campaign against Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone on Tuesday, Williams admitted her preparation for The Championships hasn’t been ideal, but was confident of turning in a successful fortnight at Wimbledon nonetheless.

"I was dealing with some bad injuries all year. I just haven't had enough match play, quite frankly. I finally feel like I found some good results in Paris. I stayed there. I saw some good doctors. Yeah, I'm feeling better," she said.
"Obviously, I haven't had the best time and preparation that I normally would have. I've had a good week and a half, but I have been really just mentally training, physically training for that time here. I'm just going to do the best that I can now that I'm here.”

Williams is still aiming to equal Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam singles title haul of 24 after her winning her 23rd trophy at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant.

Returning to the tour last year, Williams advanced to the final at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, but was thwarted by Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka respectively. The 37-year-old also blew a 5-1 lead in the deciding set of her Australian Open quarter-final against Karolina Pliskova in January.

"I can't go into Grand Slams thinking about records,” Williams said of her ongoing quest to make more history. I just have to go in a Grand Slam and think about just the first match. If I get that, I think about the next match. If I'm in the final, try to win one for once. That's kind of what I think about."

Williams has been drawn into the ‘quarter of death’ at Wimbledon. Seeded 11th, the American could face Julia Goerges in what would be a rematch of last year’s semi-finals in the third round before a potential fourth round clash with defending champion Kerber and quarter-final showdown with new World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty.

Williams was full of praise for Barty following the Australian’s swift rise to the top of the rankings after winning Roland Garros and Birmingham.

"I don't know anyone that has anything negative to say about [Barty]. She's like the sweetest, cutest girl on tour. She's so nice. She has the most beautiful game, such classic shots. I mean, she does everything right. Her technique is, like, flawless," Williams said.
"Obviously I'm happy for her. Yeah, it's good. It's good for her. I think she has a great game. I think, like, she's really even-tempered. She's just really chill. I feel like she's just so relaxed in a way.
"She's had a solid year, as well. It's not just the French Open. She won Miami. She's had a really good year."

Meanwhile, Williams left the door open for a potential link-up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles, although with her knee concerns, it was perhaps more tongue in cheek than anything.

“I’m available,” the 23-times grand slam singles champion said on Saturday. “I’m feeling better now, so I’m definitely available.”


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