Serena Williams describes break as ‘a necessary evil’, but says she is feeling ‘better than ever’

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She didn’t really “want” the break, but Serena Williams says she is “feeling more relaxed, more fit” and looking forward to returning to the court again.

Tennis has been on an enforced hiatus since the start of March due to the coronavirus pandemic while Williams’ break stretches even further back as she last played competitive tennis at the start of February when she completed in the Davis Cup qualifying with the United States.

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However, hindsight has been a wonderful thing as the 23-time Grand Slam says her “body needed” a bit of time off.

“I really look forward to getting back on the court. It’s what I do best. I absolutely love playing,” Williams said during an Instagram Live yoga session with her sister Venus Williams.

“But this break is a necessary evil. I felt like my body needed it, even though I didn’t want it. And now I’m feeling better than ever. I’m feeling more relaxed, more fit. Now I’m just like: Now I can go out and play real tennis.”

When Serena asked her Venus what she was looking forward to once things return to normal, the seven-time Grand Slam winner replied: “I like to go out and I just want to be on top of a rooftop bar with champagne in my hand and just having a good time, dancing.”

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