Palo Atlo (USA): Top-ranked Serena Williams, in her first tournament since looking weak in a disturbing Wimbledon exit, said her weariness was caused by a virus that had her bed-ridden for three days.
Williams, who will make her return Wednesday in a WTA event at Stanford University, said she is fine now and ready to begin working toward a third consecutive US Open crown and 18th Grand Slam singles title.
“I feel very good,” she said. “I feel very happy to be here, so it’s good,” she added.
But Williams admitted she was fearful herself after a bizarre end to her women’s doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon, which began with trainers examining Serena before the match.
She struggled to bounce or toss the ball on serves, double faulting four times in a row in the third game before the match was stopped. Williams, who has won at least two majors in four of the past five years, has not won one this season....