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Serena Williams says she 'didn't retire' as she sets out her Wimbledon goals

Serena Williams: 'I didn't know when I would come back or how I'd come back, but I didn't retire'
Serena Williams in Wimbledon press conference

Serena Williams says she 'didn't retire' at any point during her absence from tennis, although she also had no plans to return.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner is playing a major tournament for the first time in a year this summer after accepting a wild card to play Wimbledon.

It has naturally caused a lot of buzz around tennis, especially as many - including her former coach Patrick Mouratoglou - suspected she might have decided her career was done.

She, though, says that was never the case.

"I didn't retire," she said during her pre-Wimbledon press conference. "I just needed to heal physically, mentally.

"I had no plans, to be honest. I just didn't know when I would come back. I didn't know how I would come back.

"Obviously Wimbledon is such a great place to be, and it just kind of worked out."

Wimbledon was not a great place for Serena Williams in 2021, as she slip on Centre Court and tore her hamstring in her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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In typical Serena style, though, she has sought to turn that into a positive.

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"It was a lot of motivation, to be honest. It was always something since the match ended that was always on my mind,"

"So it was a tremendous amount of motivation for that. You never want any match to end like that. It's really unfortunate. But it was definitely something that's always been on the top of my mind."

Williams was also asked about her targets for Wimbledon, and she admits she doesn't really know what she can expect of herself.

That won't stop her setting her usual lofty ambitions, though, saying: "I have high goals, but also I don't know. We'll see."

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