Serena Williams backs changes to help players who want kids

Arnold Nichols
December 30, 2018

"It's something that I clearly want but I have to be able to get there and beat a lot of good players to get it".

"Having such an experience really opened up my eyes and would have I done it sooner had there been different rules".

In her morning press conference meanwhile, Williams said she welcomed the decision made by the Women's Tour Association (WTA) to offer more ranking protection to players taking maternity leave.

Someone who is out of competition for more than six months but less than a year may use her special ranking for up to eight tournaments in a one-year period. "So it is really great to continue our journey and be here in Abu Dhabi".

Serena Williams of the United States reacts while being interviewed after her defeat in the Women's Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Asked if the US Open final is a topic she'd like to avoid as the new season kicks off, Serena said: "I don't avoid anything". When she returned to play in March after giving birth to her daughter, she was unseeded at Indian Wells and in Miami, losing early in both tournaments.

"Serena said I was playing well..."

"I'm feeling good. I've been training for a couple of months now and I'm getting ready for the new year", the 23-time Grand Slam champion said in the UAE capital.

"I think it's great", said Williams of the rule changes as she spoke ahead of an exhibition match against sister Venus in Abu Dhabi on Thursday at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. But I feel like it's just something that's always going to be there and be special and "m happy that they did it".

Her first major appearance was the French Open, where she retired prior to a match against Maria Sharapova in the Round of 16.

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