Former 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is among the nominees for this year’s WTA Comeback Player of the Year Award. On Monday, the WTA announced that Williams, Tatjana Maria, Donna Vekic and Daria Saville were the four players nominated for the award.
And finally, for players whose ranking previously dropped due to injury or personal reasons, and the results of the current season helped restore their ranking 💪
The nominees for WTA Comeback of the Year:
Williams, 41, was out for 12 months before returning at Wimbledon.
At the US Open, Williams made some noise before his career came to an end. After beating Danka Kovinic in the first round of the US Open, Williams defeated Anett Kontaveit, who was the second-ranked player in the world at the time.
In the third round of the US Open, Williams put up a great fight before falling to 2022 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Ajla Tomljanovic.
Williams fought to the end
After losing to Tomljanovic, Williams said that she would like to be remembered for her fighting spirit.
Even though Williams was 40 years old and coming off a long layoff, she managed to put herself in a position to be competitive against some of the best players in the game and did quite well at the US Open. “There are so many things to remember.
Like the fight. I’m a fighter. I feel like I really brought something, and I do bring something, to tennis. The different looks, the raised fists, the intensity just crazy. I think obviously passion I think is a very good word.
Just going on with ups and downs. I could go on and on. But honestly, I’m so grateful to have had this moment and to be Serena, then. It was some really great moments today. Not today, but this week has been really great.
So much support, so much love. It was really amazing and overwhelming. And I feel like the whole crowd really wanted to push me over the line. I am very thankful and thankful for that. I honestly think that what I will remember the most is that my level was coming back.
I think I’m very grateful for that. It’s great to be playing at such a high level, improving somehow. I don’t know how at my age. I think it’s a very good memory for me,» Williams said after her exit from the US Open.