Serena Williams insists she is still at the ‘very beginning’ of her comeback following her 6-3 2-6 6-3 loss to Petra Kvitova in the second round of the Western & Southern Open.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion only returned to the WTA Tour earlier this year following the birth of her daughter and she made it all the way through to the final of Wimbledon last month before she was ultimately beaten by Angelique Kerber.
Since then the former world number one has suffered the heaviest defeat of her career, losing 6-1 6-0 to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic, while she also pulled out of last week’s Rogers Cup due to personal reasons.
The 36-year-old had looked somewhere near her best in Cincinnati this week when she comprehensively beat Daria Gavrilova in the first round, but the clash with eighth seed Kvitova was ultimately a bridge too far, although she admits she is still at the early stage of her comeback.
“You know, this is a long comeback,” Williams said.
“I just began. I just started – definitely at the very, very beginning. I’m getting there, and I’m going to just continue to work hard and, hopefully, I’ll start winning more matches.”
Williams will now be hoping to deliver an impressive performance at the upcoming US Open, a tournament she has won six times in the past and she is priced at 7.00 to claim overall glory once again this year.