Venus Williams Determined to Make a Comeback in Indian Wells & Miami Despite Serena’s No-Quit Rule

Drawing inspiration from her sister Serena Williams, she is determined to make a successful return to the sport.

Serena told me Im not allowed to quit: Venus Williams targeting return for Indian Wells & Miami

In a recent video shared on her YouTube channel, the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion expressed her aspirations to participate in the WTA 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, considering them “big goals”.

“One of my big goals is to play United States, to play in the Miami Open and at Indian Wells,” Williams said. “I have not played there since 2019 due to injuries. It’s a long time… It’s a lot of years not to play at home. So that’s of course one of my big goals on the horizon, is to be there, prepare to do that. Amongst many goals on the court, too.

“My little sister, Serena, told me I’m not allowed to quit, and of course, I would never quit. But it’s the mandate. She said no, so I will be back on the court,” Venus was quoted by the WTA website.

In the video, the 43-year-old Williams revealed the challenges she has faced with injuries over the past year and discussed the knee injury that left her hobbling off Centre Court at Wimbledon last summer (she took a fall in the second game of her first-round match against Elina Svitolina) at length for the first time.

“I don’t talk a lot about my injuries because I hate complaining,” she said, but called the cartilage damage she suffered as one of the “craziest” injuries she’s tried to play through in her long and storied career.

After the early exit at Wimbledon, Williams said the lingering swelling and pain impacted her ability to train and even, sometimes, walk — in advance of events in Montreal and Cincinnati, as well as the US Open. Despite that, she scored what was then a Top 10 victory over Veronika Kudermetova in Cincinnati, her first Top 10 win in four years.

But after that tournament, the swelling in her knee blew up and she was forced to withdraw from the WTA 250 event in Cleveland, where she had intended to play as a wild-card entry.

“I felt terrible about that, because when I give my word, I keep it. When I said I was going to Cleveland, I meant it, and the fact I had to withdraw, I felt miserable because that’s not me. I do what I say I’m going to do.”

In an effort to play the US Open, Williams revealed she had a cortisone injection for the first time in her three-decade career, but it did little to help. Her season eventually ended with a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen in the first round, the heaviest defeat she ever suffered at her home Grand Slam event.

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