US tennis star feels some people don’t want Black players to succeed
It’s been more than three weeks since Serena Williams returned to the court, and though she is off to a big start, she may have a lot to prove at Wimbledon.
The 35-year-old American announced last month that she would be taking a restful rest over the next week. She will try to recover fully from the knee surgery she underwent in January and said that after she recovers from that, she would try her hardest to perform at her best.
“I’ll take a week off, do whatever I need to do, and be at my best when I come back and play. The goal is to be at the level at a Grand Slam event that I always strive for, where I’m just playing my tennis and enjoying it,” Williams said.
If she is at the level she always strives to be at, she will be a great challenge for the top seed, defending champion Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final. (Getty Images)
On top of Williams returning to the court at Wimbledon, she’s also going into her 14th Major of the season, the U.S. Open. Though she’s going into her 14th Major, she doesn’t see it as a rest.
“I don’t think it’s really any different [than any other one],” Williams told reporters at the U.S. Open’s media day. “The goal, as far as I’m concerned, is to play a high level and to perform [at my] best with the kind of effort and work that I put in every day.”
Williams is a great tennis player, but she doesn’t always see herself as one of the top players in the world. She was known for being outspoken, something that could be off-putting to some. So in an attempt to make herself more relatable to fans, there’s a lot more to her on her social media feeds.
Last year’s Wimbledon Final champion, Serena Williams reacts after giving the crowd in Rome the biggest pop they’ve ever seen. The match lasted a little under seven minutes, as Williams and former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic battled it out for the title. (