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williams joy at comeback

There have been times in Serena Williams' career when the tennis world wondered whether it had seen the last of her. But the 13-times Grand Slam champion said on her return to Wimbledon yesterday that she had never contemplated leaving a sport that she has dominated for most of the last decade, WRITES PAUL NEWMAN.

Only a month ago, you would have found few people inside the game who expected Williams (29) to defend her title here. Within days of last year's final she was rushed to hospital to have a haematoma removed after a blood clot travelled from a leg to her lungs.

Last week, however, the former world No 1 made her comeback after 11 months out. Although she is making no predictions about how she will fare over the next fortnight she is clearly in a happy frame of mind. "My game's doing pretty good. It's fun. I feel like I'm young again."

Williams revealed that in having the haematoma removed she had lost a small piece of a lung. She had to work subsequently on improving her lung capacity. "I'm probably actually in better shape running-wise now than I was before," she said. (© Independent News Service)

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