New York - Serena Williams has revealed that she is focused on getting fully fit before she even thinks of making a comeback.
Williams has struggled with shoulder and knee problems of late, but still managed to win two titles this year, including one grand slam trophy at Wimbledon.
She reached the final of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, but was beaten by Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza respectively.
At the US Open, though, she lost in the semi-finals for the second year in a row as she was stunned by Karolina Pliskova.
To make things worse, Williams was dethroned as the top-ranked women’s player and now sits behind Kerber, who has enjoyed the best year of her career after winning the Australian Open and the US crown at Flushing Meadows.
“I’m tired of playing tournaments unhealthy and taking losses that I would never lose,” Williams told CNN. “I definitely want to make sure I’m healthy and playing at my best or at least 80 per cent healthy or 70 per cent healthy - that way I can be able to play at a higher level.”
Williams is scheduled to appear in three more tournaments - the Wuhan Open, the China Open in Beijing and the WTA Finals in Singapore - before the tennis season concludes. But, whether she features in those competitions while recovering from injury remains to be seen.