Tuesday at the AEGON International at Eastbourne Serena Williams took to the court for the first time since she captured the 2010 Wimbledon title. A little rusty at first, she struggled but recovered to stop Tsvetana Pironkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. â€œI definitely think I was nervous.Â I think I was even more anxious more than anything, but there was no need for me to be anxious,â€ said Williams. The 13-time major winner had been absent from the tour due to foot surgery last year and a pulmonary embolism earlier this year.
One â€œanxiousâ€ moment for Williams was when she fell down near the end of her match Look, I always try not to fall down,â€ laughed Williams.
â€œIt’s definitely not cool on my nails if I fall, because I can potentially break one, and that makes me really upset.Â I have three weeks to get through without breaking a nail.Â It’s definitely not good for me to fall at all. (laughter)â€
She further spoke about her fall more seriously, â€œI felt a little something.Â I got a little nervous.Â I was like, oh.Â Then I thought, this is grass.Â You know, you’re really moving.Â You’re stopping, you’re going.Â If I can survive this, especially with this long match, I’ll be good.Â And then I felt like, okay, that’s something I can look forward to.â€
Williams summed up her first match,â€ Well, I played a really good player.Â She’s a really good player, especially on grass.Â She did really well last year at Wimbledon making it to the semis, nearly making it to the final.
â€œYou know, is wasn’t an easy match, but I think more than anything I wanted to win, and I think mentally I was there.Â I could have done a lot of things better, but that’s okay.Â I think that’s expected, and I think that going forward I will continue to try to do the things that I need to do.â€
â€œI definitely think I had fun,â€ said Williams.Â â€œIt’s always good to have fun, especially after everything I’ve been through, like it’s all fun to me now.Â It’s all like this is really a bonus, like it’s all a bonus.â€