Ex-Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli says the continuing success of the Williams sisters has inspired her to return to tennis.
Bartoli hung up her racket in 2013 and began working as a television commentator, yet she announced earlier this week that she is going to make a comeback once she has knocked off the rust in training.
Despite turning 33, the Frenchwoman is still much younger than both Venus Williams, 37, and Serena Williams, 36, with the latter expected to return at next month’s Australian Open.
I am delighted to announce my comeback on the professional circuit of the @WTA next year
I am so looking forward to see you again during my matches and share some amazing emotions with you . @Eurosport_FR #marionisback pic.twitter.com/KVPUnwEqlp
— Marion bartoli (@bartoli_marion) December 19, 2017
And that has persuaded her to revive her career after she retired because of persistent injury problems following her Wimbledon win in 2013.
“I think at 33 you can still perform on the tennis court for quite some time,” she told the BBC.
“I think Serena and Venus Williams are the perfect example.
“Venus has been able to play two Grand Slam finals this year, Serena is coming back next year and I think they both say they want to play up until the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 so I think I’m definitely not too old for that.”