Ion Treatment Puts Williams Right for Wimbledon

Published June 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Serena Williams spent her injury time out of tennis having her knee bombarded by ions. But the 'ionophoresis' treatment worked well enough for the eighth seed to reach the second round Monday at the Wimbledon Championships. 

Williams is playing for the first time in several months and picked the grass-court Grand Slam as the perfect comeback point. She started with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Swede Asa Carlsson. 

Between her and elder sister Venus, the mystery pair of the game have been off court more than once this year due to various ailments. Both are entered at the All England club. 

"I had a lot of massage therapy, strengthening, things like that," said the American. "It's OK now, but not 200 percent." 

Williams didn't play in London last year but reached the third round in her only other appearance in 1998. She feels that grass is "her" surface and she's glad to be on it. 

"I'd be happy if I went six more rounds," she said, alluding to winning the title. "One down and six to go." 

The American teenager, trophy-holder at last year's US Open, said that her eighth seeding came as something of a shock. "I don't feel comfortable down here. I'm always itchy, I feel weird, it's just not me." 

The sisters are accompanied in London by their iconoclastic father Richard, who not only has boasted repeatedly about his daughters both reaching the number one ranking but also said that Serena and Venus could retire to continue their education at any moment. 

"I'm thinking of retiring in about five, six years. My dad is really into education. He'd like to see us kids succeed in things off court, because sports can only last for so long," Serena said. 

"You never know what could happen. You could be in a car accident and what do you have to fall back on? He's always preaching that to us" - (AFP) 


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