Serena Williams: Recovering from Injuries Built “Mental Toughness” in Me

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World No 1 Serena Williams (Player Profile) is nearing the conclusion of one of her best seasons on the tour in her long storied career, one that has seen her compile a 73-4 record and over $10,000,000 in prize money in 2013. he American is also the oldest player ever to achieve the No. 1 ranking when she regained the title in February.

While her comeback to the WTA tour has been remarkable, according to the top seed, had it not been for the foot injury in 2010 and her pulmonary embolism in the beginning of 2011, she might never have found the motivation to return to the form she was in June 2011, when she made her comeback.

“I didn’t think I would play tennis again after that,” said the World No. 1. “I thought unfortunately that I just wanted to try to survive that moment and then move on. Then I ended up playing again. So I think that definitely built a lot of character in me, and I think it built even more mental toughness. It made me realize I could overcome a lot of things, and obviously had a lot of help, as well. I think all that really, really made me feel like I can do it.”

Serena earned her 10th title of the season a few weeks back in Beijing, fighting through back injury to claim the title. She also won the French Open and the US Open titles this year,

Williams begins her bid for the WTA championships Tuesday afternoon when she meets Angelique Kerber in the first round robin contest. Her side of the draw features contests with Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and as well as the German, who she meets tomorrow. She holds a remarkable 48-10 overall record against the rest of the championships field, and Azarenka is the only player to have beaten her this year.

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