Serena  Williams admits that her Wimbledon fourth-round appearance - she lost to Marion  Bartoli in straight sets - was possibly more than even she could have expected  after missing much of the past year through injury and her
pulmonary blood clot  problems of last February.

"I feel like I showed up and did a halfway  decent job,” Williams said in Washington as she eases back into the sport by  playing summer TeamTennis for a few weeks. “I’m hoping to continue to build on  that and do better.”

The American who owns 13 major titles and once stood  atop the WTA rankings, will have a long hard fight to return, with her ranking  now at 175th after losing her All England club champion's points from 2010. “I  haven’t played in a year except for two tournaments,” Williams told local media,  adding that her ranking "is what it is.”

Williams currently stands an  unaccustomed 15th in the internal US rankings, another unpleasant result of her  long time away from tennis. She has now played four matches since coming back.

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