S. Williams says she has been `depressed`: Report

Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 10:44 AM IST

Los Angeles: Serena Williams is "at the end
of (her) rope" after several physical setbacks that have kept
her off the court since July.

"It`s just been a tough year," the 29-year-old said at
her Bel Air home in an interview published in yesterday`s
edition of USA Today.

Shortly after her fourth Wimbledon title, Williams cut
her foot on some broken glass at a restaurant resulting in a
pair of surgeries.

"I definitely have not been happy," she told the
newspaper. "Especially when I had that second surgery (on my
foot), I was definitely depressed. I cried all the time. I was
miserable to be around."

Then last month, she suffered a pulmonary embolism and
was hospitalized to remove a grapefruit-sized hemotoma from
her stomach.

During her time away, Williams has fallen to No. 11 in
the rankings.

"What`s going to make me happy is going on the court and
holding up trophies, singles and doubles," she said.

She has not set a timetable for her return to tennis but
said it could come as early as this summer.

"I don`t know what`s realistic," Williams said. "I really
don`t know. I haven`t put a date on it yet."

Bureau Report