Venus Williams is ready to return to the US Open.
The Wimbledon champion is back at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium, ready to face Alison van Uytbank in the first round.
The 42-year-old tennis star told PEOPLE magazine: Every day is an adjustment, but above all, I just believe I’m ready to go there.
Venus is also preparing to participate in the doubles tournament as part of the American Grand Slam, along with her younger sister Serena, who will retire at this tournament.
The 40-year-old tennis champion – who currently has 23 Grand Slam victories – will advance to the next round after defeating Danka Kovinic on Monday (29.08.22).
After the win, Serena reflected on her decision to leave tennis behind, explaining that it was “very difficult.”
She said: “I love being there, so it’s still very difficult.
“I feel like the more tournaments I go into, the more I feel like I belong there.
“But it’s time for me to evolve into what’s next. I think it’s important because there are so many other things I want to do.”
Serena, who has four-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia with her husband, tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, has been criticized by the crowd, including director Spike Lee, American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and many others. He also commented on the “overwhelming” reaction. .
“It’s a feeling you’ll never forget. It meant a lot to me.”