Serena Williams sees IPTL event as training for next season


US tennis star Serena Williams played in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) second- leg in Manila on Sunday (6 December) and said it was good preparation for next season. Williams won her singles match for the Philippine Mavericks, her first competitive game since having her Grand Slam dream shattered in the semi-final of the US Open in September by unseeded Roberta Vinci. After Sunday's play Williams told journalists the match helped her shape up.

"It's fun. That's why I'm here again, because I had a lot of fun last year and I definitely want you to continue it. I was forced out early from my year and it's a good opportunity for me to get some more tennis in and get ready. So it felt really good."