Serena Williams says hamstring is ‘better’, plans to play at Australian Open

Serena Williams says hamstring is ‘better’, plans to play at Australian Open

Serena Williams says hamstring is ‘better’, plans to play at Australian Open

His last Grand Slam crown in 2017 will be the next chance for Williams to equal Margaret Court’s career record of 24 Slam titles.

The 40-year-old tore his hamstring while playing Alexandra Sasnovich in SW19 in June and reported an injury in a scene on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday.

“I was really winning and I went for a shot and I heard that scream and I was like ‘oh no’,” Williams said. “I felt it but I felt like ‘OK, let me keep trying’, but it was bad and I was like ‘that man’.

“I love the grass, going out at Wimbledon, wearing all white and being on the green grass is something special.
[but]
It wasn’t for me this year.

Injuries kept Williams out of the US Open, where she has not won since 2014 but reached the semifinals in 2020 and the finals in 2018 and 2019.

Frustrated with missing out on his home slam, which he has won six times, Williams told Kim that his recovery is on track and that he “definitely” hopes to play in Australia in January.

“The hamstrings are better,” he said. “It took a long time. It took forever, but now it’s much better.”

Williams is a seven-time champion in Melbourne, the most of any woman in the Open era.