Serena's comeback goal is 'to win grand slams'

Erica Murray
March 7, 2018

Williams is set to return to competitive singles action at the Indian Wells Masters this week having been absent on the WTA Tour since winning last year's Australian Open.

The Frenchman believes there are no limits with the victor of 23 majors, who has not contested a rankings match since winning last year's Australian Open.

It will be the 36-year-old's first appearance on the tour since the birth of her daughter Olympia.

'She's going to bring that instinct on the court with her, so I don't think she's too anxious about that'. "It takes a lot of work and I'm going to keep on going and working at it, and I encourage others to use their voice and their platforms to do that same", Williams shared. She said she was having fun playing again and was excited for the future. "There have been so many days, even still, when I'm like, 'how am I going to keep going?'"

"Maybe in Indian Wells there will be some cobwebs, but I expect her to win in Miami", Navratilova told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of the Laureus World Sports Awards.

'I think everyone should have high expectations.

Svitolina, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 4, continued her strong play to start the season after a winning a tour-high five titles in 2017. Victory over sister Venus in the final left her just one behind Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

"I want people to understand there is no wrong way to be a woman".

Her coach since 2012, Frenchman Mouratoglou has been with Williams for 10 of those major wins, and he said he believes there are no limits to what she can achieve.

Victoria Azarenka, who has not played since Wimbledon in 2017, will also be back on court at Indian Wells against Britain's Heather Watson.

Mouratoglou said Williams would take time to build form and confidence. Andy Murray remains sidelined after hip surgery, but Novak Djokovic, who has been bothered by a right elbow injury for months, is now on the entry list for Indian Wells. I've always been an extremely motivated person, but my main thing is that I would love for my daughter to be around with me doing great, and playing incredible, so that definitely gives me some motivation.

"My expectations, I don't know what they are", said Williams. The victor of two tournaments already this year, she won the last seven points to break away from a 3-3 tie against Venus, then swept Vandeweghe 10-0.

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