Serena Williams teases return to competitive tennis, says Tom Brady ‘started a really cool trend’
Serena Williams is on her way back to competitive tennis, but not in the sense of playing a professional event.
She’s returning to doubles at the US Open after a six-month hiatus for treatment.
“I started working out and it was good, but I felt like the training wasn’t helping me as much as I wanted it to help me,” Williams said on the US Open website. “I really worked hard on it, and I’ve been working harder now for six months. And so I’ve gotten a little better, just to try to be as healthy as I can be.”
The 34-year-old, who has just won her seventh Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, has had treatment to deal with the health problems that first afflicted her in 2013, when she battled with leukemia. Her first treatment finished last November and she didn’t play the Grand Slam until January 2016. She eventually had a second round exit at Wimbledon.
But she is now back in competition and has also been training with a group called the Fierce Five, a group which has focused on nutrition and healthy eating. Williams said: “I’m working on different foods, changing my eating habits, my workout habits. I really feel it’s just about being well. It’s good we’re doing this, working out is tough.”
Williams said she didn’t know if she was going to play until about five hours before her practice started on Friday. She said: “I started talking to the coaches and talking to them about how I’ve had this period where the cancer was really going through me, and the treatment went really badly for me and I was having some really bad periods for the last few months, so I’ve been taking a break from tennis.
“I got back into the gym