Serena Williams just gave the biggest hint yet that she’s ready to return to the tennis court — in time for next month’s Australian Open.
The sponsored Nike star posted on Instagram on Monday morning a shot of some glittery gold and white Nike tennis shoes with a simple caption: “Be excited. Be very excited.”
If she does play in the first Grand Slam of the year, Williams will be back in action just a little more than four months after giving birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
It would be fitting for her to take the court in Australia. After all, that’s where she won her last big match — while she was pregnant. Williams, 36, broke the record for the most Grand Slam titles ever when she won last year’s Australian Open final playing against her sister Venus Williams.
Serena’s social media fans seemed to be clearly pumped up about the news: “This is awesome. This is legendary. Ahh. So excited,” one fan commented. Another posted: “The queen is returning to reign again.”
It’s been a huge year for Williams, who last month married Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans and danced at her wedding in crystal-covered Nikes. Just last week Nike said it would namea yet-to-be-constructed building after the athlete. Once completed, it will be the biggest structure on Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., campus.