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Tennis: Age not a problem, says Serena Williams

Published on Feb 18, 2014 6:16 AM
 
Serena Williams (right), who has been unable to play for a month since hurting her back at the Australian Open, denies on Feb 17, 2014, that age is catching up with her. -- PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI (AFP) - Serena Williams, who has been unable to play for a month since hurting her back at the Australian Open, denied on Monday that age is catching up with her.

The 32-year-old world number one is making an earlier than expected comeback from the injury at the Dubai Open here this week, stating she is "taking a wild card to see how her body is doing". The contrast is so great between this and the pre-season ebullience, in which coach Patrick Mouratoglou suggested Williams might win all four Grand Slams in 2014, that it provoked questions about whether the years are taking a toll.

"No, not at all," she said, because the meaning of age has changed, she thought, with fewer younger players appearing in the world's top ten now. "Maybe this particular generation plays longer than the previous one. Maybe the next one will be shorter. You never know, you know.

"The technology is better, the shoes are better, the rackets are better, the equipment is better. There are different things to do in the gym, so you can have a longer career.

 
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