Serena Williams, the Tennis player whose been dominating the WTA circuit for over two years, will return to the professional circuit next week. So far she has participated in only 3 tournaments in 2016, without managing to win any of them. She made it to the Australian Openfinal without dropping any set, and still she was surprisingly defeated by Angelique Kerber (a tennis player who was for the first time competing in a Grand Slam final). The other times she competed were at the Premier Mandatory tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami.

Serena Williams surrendered again in the final in California, this time to this year’s sensation Victoria Azarenka, and in Miami, she was stopped in the 4th round by Svetlana Kuznetsova.

10 more tournaments this season

According to her official website, Serena will return to the Premier Mandatory tournament in Madrid which opens next week. Her overall schedule until the end of 2016 includes another 10 tournaments (the list also includes a potential participation in the WTA Finals in Singapore at the end of October).

At a short glance of her tournament schedule, one notices an interesting thing – Serena will take off only at important tournaments from the WTA calendar.Out of the total of 10, 3 tournaments are Grand Slams, namely the Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open. One of the events is particularly important, namely, the Rio Olympics which potentially stands as her last attempt to gain one more medal.

In her career, Serena has won both the single and the double competition in The Olympics.

The rest of the tournaments are either Premier 5 or Premier Mandatory.The tournaments from the Premier 5 category where Serena will start off are the ones in Rome, Montreal, and Wuhan. When it comes to the Premier Mandatory category, Serena will compete in Madrid and Beijing.

No trophies since last summer

Although she has an advance of almost 3,000 points from the 2nd ranked, Williams hasn’t won a trophy since last summer. Her overall results for 2016 include 13 victories and 3 defeats. With a total of 69 WTA titles added to her record, Serena Williams is certainly eager for at least one more title this season.

“The drought” is somewhat paradoxical, considering the manner in which she dominated the WTA circuit over the past years.

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