KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Less than one week after Serena Williams withdrew from her Indian Wells semifinal with a knee injury, the two-time Miami Open defending champion said on Wednesday she’s hoping to be fit to play on Friday night.READ MORE: Man Held Without Bond In Killing Of Baby, Babysitter In Coral Springs
One reason Williams is so intent on playing at Miami is she considers it her home tournament — she lives a little over an hour away in Palm Beach County.
The other reason Williams doesn’t want to miss the Miami Open is her success at the event. She’s won the title a record seven times.
“I didn’t think I would be doing this interview today,” Williams said. “I stepped on the court (for practice) and I was just like, ‘I love this place. I love playing at home.'”
Williams, who practiced for the first time on Wednesday, was treated with an anti-inflammatory injection at Indian Wells.READ MORE: Report: South Florida Counties Have High COVID Levels, Despite CDC Numbers
“I’m just managing where I am right now,” she said. “Just trying to stay out of as much pain as possible and see what happens.”
Williams, who received a first-round bye, says she won’t test the knee full-out until she steps on the court for her second-round match against Monica Niculescu of Romania.
Williams played Niculescu in the second round at Indian Wells last week and won the match 7-5, 7-5.
“Probably on my first match, if I get that far,” Williams said. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on it before.
“I’m just going to go for it and see what happens.”MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Testing Site Finder
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