Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, candidly discussed her struggles with injuries that led to her decision to conclude her 2023 tennis season after the US Open. The 43-year-old tennis icon disclosed that she sustained a significant injury at Wimbledon, slipping on the grass during a first-round match against Elina Svitolina.
Despite continuing to compete in three more tournaments across North America, Williams opted to end her season following a first-round defeat to qualifier Greet Minnen at the US Open.
Reflecting on her challenging summer, Williams shared on her YouTube channel, "I went to Wimbledon and sadly slipped in the third game of the match and really got injured. I spent the whole summer pretty injured with my knee, like really struggling with it."
The tennis veteran expressed her determination not to miss the US Open but acknowledged that her performance was not at its best due to the challenges she faced after Wimbledon. Subsequently, she made the decision to abstain from further competition for the remainder of the year to allow her knee to heal.
Williams described the impact of her injury, stating, "With the swelling I was having, I lost range of motion. You lose strength when your knee is swelling, also your muscles don't activate anymore. So, your muscles are not activating, you can't train, so you lose muscles. It's a whole cycle." Despite the difficulties, she found relief when she took time to rest after the US Open, noticing a significant improvement in her condition.
Looking forward, Venus Williams is set to miss the 2024 Australian Open but has set her sights on a return in March, aligning with the tournaments in the United States. In October, she expressed her goal to be "up and running" for the tournaments back in the US, potentially participating in events like Indian Wells and the Miami Open.