Venus Williams played just ten matches in 2023, her last one being a first-round loss at the US Open. Still recovering from injury sustained at Wimbledon, the tennis legend will not be ready in time for the 2024 Australian Open, but plans to make a comeback on home soil in spring.
Despite her body often signaling ‘no,’ the 43-year-old Williams remains resolute in her determination to extend her illustrious tennis career. The seven-time Grand Slam champion continues to work on her form, aspiring to secure a more sustained period on the court. For now, the former world No.1’s objective is to recuperate in time for the North American tournaments in March, namely Indian Wells and Miami.
So Vee won’t be playing anymore tournaments this year and is still healing from that fall at Wimbledon 😔
She is planning on returning March next year??(Miami open /Indian Wells) Which means no Australian Open again 😭
— inspirational ❤️ (@VeeSTARWilliams) October 12, 2023
In a recent interview, Williams explained:
I had a crazy fall at Wimbledon. I just slipped and I was out. I tried my best to recover for the US Open. I did not reach my form, so now I am just resting until I get back. I am targeting March now – that’s when the tournaments go back to the States. So, my goal is to be up and running when tournaments come back to the U.S.
In 2023, Williams only notched three match victories. Her last back-to-back wins were at the 2019 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.