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Serena Williams 'showed what a champion she is' at Wimbledon, says former rival

Former rival says she can't wait to see Serena Williams play again after saying she 'proved what a champion she is' with Wimbledon comeback.
Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Angelique Kerber says she is 'excited' to see where Serena Williams will play next after her Wimbledon comeback.

Williams returned after a whole year away from singles tennis this week, although it did not go as she had hoped with her losing to Harmony Tan in the opening round.

Kerber, though, who beat Williams in the 2018 Wimbledon final and is a fellow former WTA number one, couldn't help but be impressed and inspired by what Serena was doing in Wimbledon - and she can't wait to see what she does next either.

"I take all my hats off to her that she has come back," Kerber said of Serena.

"It shows that she is a champion and still does everything she can to play on Centre Court. I'm very excited to see where and when we'll see her again."

Serena Williams distanced herself from any retirement talk after her Wimbledon exit.

She put her defeat down to just a lack of 'match toughness' after being out for so long, and she has strongly hinted that she will look to play the US Open in two months.

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“You got to think if I were playing matches I wouldn’t miss some of those points or this match,” Williams said.

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“It definitely makes me want to hit the practice courts because you’re playing not bad and you’re so close. Any other opponent probably would have suited my game better.

“So, yeah, I feel like that it’s actually kind of like, ‘OK, Serena, you can do this if you want.'”

“Like, I don’t know. Who knows? Who knows where I’ll pop up.

“Like I said coming into this, I’m just planning for right now, seeing how I feel, just to go from there.”

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