But all that, would have never happened the younger of the famous William sisters, Serena is back after a life-threatening health condition, which obviously put a question mark on her future in tennis.
Serena, who will be playing her first grand slam in more than a year, is back after a freak foot injury and subsequent blood clots in both the lungs. Had it not been for the advise of elder sister Venus Williams, she might as well have continued playing and who knows what the blood clots in the lungs could have done to her.
With a new perspective of life, the 13 times Grand Slam champion will begin her Wimbledon title defence against Tsvetana Pironkova, whom she beat in the Semifinals of the same event last year.
In an interview to CNN, Serena said, "I definitely have a new perspective on life. I'm really honored to have a chance to walk out on the court, because three and a half months ago I didn't think I would have that chance again. I just thought, if I can just pull through and survive, then wow, I would be really excited for that."
During her prolonged absence from the tennis court, a number of her competitors have seen an elevation in their rankings. In between, her own ranking has dipped to 25, only due to the absence from the circuit.
She knows that, and is also aware that her task is cut out if she has to get back to her top spot. In the interview with CNN, she said, "I was actually hoping to be better where I left off because that was so last year. And this is a new year -- if I could just do a little better, that would be awesome."
She added, "My training regime has come a long way, I'm really excited to be back on the court and focused. I've been training hard and I've been training different now. I enjoy the fact that I'm working harder."
Whether or not she manages to succeed at the Wimbledon this year, she will certainly manage to create an impact and hasn't that been her forte over the years, during which she has overcome numerous challenges to carve a niche of her own.