After taking a year long break from tennis following the birth of her daughter, Serena Williams is officially back to compete in 2018.
She withdrew from the Australian Open in January after she said she wasn’t where she wanted to be physically, but made her return at the U.S. Fed Cup match on Feb. 11.
With some question as to which official events and how many Williams will participate in this year, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, revealed her plans to play in many of the major tournaments, including all three remaining grand slams. He added that the load would be lighter than normal.
“She can’t do seasons like 2013 or 2014,” said Mouratoglou in an interview with The New York Times in February. “In 2013, she won 11 tournaments. That was herculean. She doesn’t have the same age, and I’m not sure she even wants that anymore. The focus for her will be on the big moments.”
Williams has so far competed at Indian Wells, Miami and the French Open and will still play at Wimbledon, the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, the U.S. Open and the WTA Finals in Singapore if she makes it into the top eight.
Mouratoglou also added that both he and Williams were confident in her return to tennis.
“She’s coming back because she believes she can win, otherwise, she wouldn’t be coming back.”
Williams had orginially committed to playing in the Madrid Open and the Italian Open in May but has since withdrawn from both tournaments saying she needs more time to be “100 percent ready to compete.” She withdrew from the French Open due to a pectoral muscle injury after reaching the fourth round. Her next tournament was Wimbledon where she marched through the draw to reach her 10th finals appearance on the grass courts of the All England Club before falling to Angelique Kerber.
Here’s the list of the tournaments Williams is set to play at in 2018:
Serena Williams’ 2018 schedule, results
|Indian Wells||California||Round 3|
|Miami Open||Florida||Round 1|
|French Open||Paris||Round 4 (WD)|
|Silicon Valley Classic||San Jose||Round 1|
|Rogers Cup||Montreal||Aug. 3-12|
|Western & Southern Open||Cincinnati||Aug. 13-19|
|U.S. Open||New York||Aug. 27-Sep. 9|