If you think tennis doesn’t mean anything to Serena Williams, think again. Serena has often been criticized for her attitude toward the game, but today after such a long fight with injury and a battle with a serious illness, the former No. 1 couldn’t keep the real emotions she had for tennis in check.
Speaking moments after a tough three-set first round win over Aravane Rezai, Serena broke down in tears during an interview with the BBC.
“It has been so hard. I never dreamt I’d be here right now. I just wanted to win at least one match here, seeing I’m not playing doubles,” she said. “It’s been a disaster year but I’ve been praying. I have my family and I love tennis and to be able to come back at Wimbledon is pretty awesome. I didn’t expect to play and I didn’t expect even to do anything. I’m just excited. I’ve never cried with joy for anything.”
Later in the press conference, she talked about the break down.
“It definitely hit me at the end of the match. I’m not a cryer, so I don’t know. I think it was something in my eyes at one point. It was so emotional for me because throughout the last 12 months I’ve been through a lot of things that aren’t normal, things you guys don’t even know about. It has just been a long, arduous road. To stand up still is pretty awesome.
“It was something I had to overcome. And I’m still overcoming every day. This isn’t the end of the road; it’s just the beginning.”
Serena has won four Wimbledon titles and she’s been victorious in 15 consecutive matches there. The defending champion will play Simona Halep on Thursday in the second round.
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