Serena Williams, who has only played a handful of matches since her comeback from foot surgery and a life-threatening illness, is eyeing to reclaim the top spot as soon as possible.
After trouncing Australian Anastasia Rodionova 6-0 6-0 in the first round of the Stanford Classic, the 13-times Grand Slam champion said that while she should be patient given what she has gone through during the past year, that approach is not in her makeup.
“I want to get back to the top,” Williams said.
“And I have no patience. But maybe this is teaching me to be more patient. And it’ll come, but not necessarily - number one is great, but I really want to be able to do well in the Grand Slams.”
Williams returned to the WTA tour at the grasscourt tournament in Eastbourne, winning one match before falling to world number three Vera Zvonareva. As the defending champion at Wimbledon, she won three rounds before going to down to France’s Marion Bartoli.
While she cautioned at Wimbledon that she shouldn’t be expected to do much given that she nearly died while experiencing a pulmonary embolism in February, she was less than pleased with her early exit.
After the tournament, she flew home to Los Angeles and immediately started practicing.
“Definitely I was disappointed even though I shouldn’t have been, so I hit the courts,” she said.
“I didn’t deserve a break. I didn’t practice on the plane ride back, so that was about it.