Serena Williams’s Love Life

US Open: Serena Williams’ last hurrah at home grand slam headlines fascinating two weeks of tennis history. The end result of every sporting event has a season-defining moment, and for the past three months…

Serena Williams's Love Life

US Open: Serena Williams’ last hurrah at home grand slam headlines fascinating two weeks of tennis history.

The end result of every sporting event has a season-defining moment, and for the past three months Serena Williams has been quietly shaping up to one.

Serena Williams in action for the USA at the 2012 Olympics

She is the kind of player who can perform transcendent feats on the court, but also the kind who can also be fragile and susceptible in the face of criticism, and who is able to withstand everything life throws at her.

She has had an incredible year by any standards, going from a young American phenom to a dominant champion, and is now the reigning women’s tennis world No 1, the first player to do so since Margaret Court in the 1950s.

Yet the nature of tennis has the potential to bring out the worst in Williams, as her year has been dogged by an unusual set of issues.

She has already had two surgery procedures, during which time she has worked on reducing the damage done by the left knee ligament injury that has plagued her tennis since the summer of 2012.

Now Williams is set to undergo yet another surgery on her right knee, and there have also been problems with her weight and the fact that, as a married sportswoman who has to share her love of women’s tennis with a husband, she is not properly supported during this difficult time.

So, when last week announced her return to action at Wimbledon, which started her 2014 season, she was in the midst of a gruelling season as a human being.

There are no easy answers to those problems, but these are the ones I’d like to see Williams resolve.

‘I’m going to have to work on my love life…’

It’s hard to think of a sport in which a woman with Williams’ success and fame, one of the greatest tennis players of all time,

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