Serena Williams is back in top shape after missing the US Open

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By Nick Farrar

16th August 2017, 4:40 pm

Updated: 16th August 2017, 4:59 pm

Updated: Serena Williams

Serena Williams is back in top shape, and she’s having a good time.

The world number one is back on tour and back playing at international level. She is set to play her first tournament since she failed to defend her French Open title earlier this month and will take on the second seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a Swiss Open final on Friday.

In the space of two weeks, she’s taken a big step back from world No 1 to the best player on the planet. But it’s been two of the most successful weeks of her career, and the most surprising, after being out of tennis for almost two months.

The US Open in Flushing Meadows was a major surprise when it was announced that Williams missed the tournament through injury and could not compete. She admitted afterwards that she had been suffering with depression and had “really taken a physical beating”.

It was a serious situation, and in true Williams style she came back from it stronger than before – and determined to get back to winning ways.

Her first match back was yesterday, and her first tournament back at a major was yesterday. On Sunday, she beat Agnieszka Radwanska and then went to the Margaret Court Arena in New York for her first match since her French Open failure.

Williams revealed that she was “really motivated” to win, and that her fitness was in “top shape”.

Williams said that she had been preparing for the Margaret Court Arena match by playing a lot of tennis. “I have been playing tennis quite a good amount so I have not worried about that. I have been preparing mentally and physically to do the same preparation from day to day. I did a lot of tennis in the week before and the week of so far during the [French Open].”

She added that her preparation for the Margaret Court Arena match had been “pretty much on a week”, but added “there’s a little bit of work to do”.

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