Ahead of her 2019 Wimbledon first round match against Italian Giulia Gatto-Monticone, seven-time champion Serena Williams says she is in a “good place”.
The tennis legend boasts 23 Grand Slam singles titles, but has not managed to add to that tally since giving birth to her daughter Olympia in 2017.
Williams reached the Wimbledon final last year, but was beaten in straight sets by Angelique Kerber, while at this year’s Grand Slams she was knocked out in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, before being stunned by Sofia Kenin in the third round at the French Open.
"I feel good now. It's been a rough, rough time for me, this year," Williams told the BBC.
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"But I'm finally at a place where I'm like, 'Oh my God, I'm not in pain, Oh my God, let's do this'.
"So this is a good place for me to be at. I couldn't be more excited about it [Wimbledon]. So now I'm just happy."
Asked what motivates her, given her lengthy and success-filled career, the 37-year-old said she still simply loves the sport.
"I don't want to not play tennis. I love doing what I do," she added.
"But I don't want to not do it at the best level that I can.
"If I go out on the court and I'm not training as hard as I want to then it's just not going to work out for me. So that's my motivation."