Playing Less Extended my Career, Says Serena Williams

Serena Williams, who won her 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open, said all top athletes are at risk when pushing their bodies to the limit.

updated: September 22, 2014 15:15 IST
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File Photo: World No.1 Serena Williams in action during US Open.


Wuhan, China: World number one Serena Williams said on Monday that playing less tennis has helped extend her glittering career, as she acknowledged in the wake of Li Na's retirement that players' bodies can "betray" them. (Related: Nadal Withdraws from IPTL)

The American power hitter was speaking as she prepared to compete in China's Wuhan Open, a WTA premier-ranked event which will hold its final on Saturday, the day after her 33rd birthday.

China's Li Na announced her retirement last Friday at the age of 32, citing chronic knee injuries, just months after she won her second Grand Slam.

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