Williams played alongside Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the women’s doubles at the Eastbourne International. The pair defeated Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo 2-6 6-3 13-11 on the court.
“Absolutely, for sure,” she replied to the BBC when asked if she was worried about her career being over. “I would be dishonest if I said it wasn’t, but now my body feels great.”
Williams said she is taking things slow for the time being. “It’s doubles, I’m only playing half of the court, but I’ve been doing a lot of training and so it definitely feels good. You know what, I’m literally taking it one day at a time,” she added. “I really took my time with my hamstring injury, so I’m just not making a ton of decisions after this.”
Ultimately, Williams was happy to be back on the court. “It was great out there and so fun to play with Ons, we had a lot of fun. Our opponents played amazing and we were happy to stay in there,” she also told the BBC.
Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slams – her last win being at the 2017 Australian Open. This places her right behind Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles titles. In 2019, she told CNN that she “should have been at like 30 or 32” grand slam singles titles. “I should have had it (the record), really, I’ve had many opportunities to have it. But I’m not giving up.”