Serena Williams gives update on hamstring injury and whether or not she will be ready for Australian Open

Serena Williams in action

Serena Williams’ hamstring injury is “much better” and she is “definitely” hoping to return to action in time for the 2022 Australian Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner picked up the injury during her first-round match at Wimbledon and was forced to withdraw from the US Open and call an early end to her 2021 campaign.

However, during an interview on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the former world No 1 gave a positive update.

“The hamstring is better. It took a long time, it took forever, but it’s much better now,” she said.

As for missing the US Open at Flushing Meadows, Williams admitted it was heartbroken.

“It was sad to miss that one,” the American said. “It was really sad, I had the most awesome outfit too, I put in extra effort to try to make it but it didn’t work out.”

The 40-year-old also explained how she pulled her hamstring at Wimbledon.

“I was actually winning and I went for a shot and I heard this noise and I was like ‘oh no’,” she revealed.

“I felt it but I felt like ‘OK, let me just keep trying’, but it was bad and I was like, ‘oh man’.

“I love the grass, it’s something special walking out at Wimbledon, wearing all white and being on the green grass (but) it just wasn’t for me this year.”

Asked by Kimmel if she would be ready for the 2022 Australian Open, she replied: “Yeah, I’m definitely…” before the studio audience started clapping and she trailed off.