It’s been a trying, and challenging past year for SERENA WILLIAMS. But Tuesday at Wimbledon, the 4-time tournament winner received a sign that things are returning to normal with an emotional first round triumph against ARAVANE REZAI of France.

Williams said:

I usually don’t cry … but it’s just been so hard….I never dreamt I would be here right now….It’s been a disaster year, but I’ve been praying. To be able to come back at Wimbledon is pretty awesome. I didn’t expect to play. And I didn’t expect to even do anything. So I’m just excited. I’ve never cried with joy for anything.”