Serena Williams confirms plans for Australian Open after hamstring injury

Serena Williams discusses naming her daughter

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Serena Williams has confirmed she is on course to compete for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title at the 2022 Australian Open. The American appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and revealed the status of her hamstring injury that caused her to retire from her first-round match at Wimbledon this summer.

“The hamstring is better. It took a long time, it took forever, but it’s much better now,” she told the popular television host.

Serena would go on to describe the agonising moment she realised she had sustained a serious injury.

“I went for a shot and I just heard this noise and I was like ‘oh no!’

“I felt it, but I felt like ‘okay well let me just keep trying’, but it was bad.”

When asked if she would be ready to play at next year’s first major event, Williams responded “yeah, definitely,” which received raucous cheers from the studio audience.

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Williams began the 2021 season with an impressive showing at the Aussie Open, reaching the semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Naomi Osaka.

Her injury caused her to miss the US Open this year – an event she has won six times.

“It was sad to miss that one,” she said. “it was really sad, I had the most awesome outfit too, I put in extra effort to try to make it but it didn’t work out.”


The former world number one has been aiming to equal Margaret Court’s record since she won her last Grand Slam in 2017.

Since then she has reached four major finals, losing each of them in straight sets.

Away from the court, Serena and elder sister Venus are preparing for the release of the movie King Richard, a biographical drama film following their lives and their father and former coach Richard Williams, who is played by Will Smith.

Williams described the experience of watching the film about her life as “surreal” and also very emotional.

“It was really surreal. It’s really interesting, it’s so emotional, it’s such a good movie and Will Smith does such a fantastic job with playing my dad, it’s really genius,” she explained.

“We and Will wanted to make a movie that really honoured my dad. It really tells a story about what he did not only in tennis, but little did he know the impact that it would have just, literally on the globe.

“When I first saw it I was honestly bawling the whole time, but also because it’s memories. It was some really incredible stuff.”

The film hits screens in the UK on November 19th.

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