Serena Williams: Practice is boring

Updated: February 17, 2014, 12:11 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Serena Williams says she asked for a wild card into the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to combat boredom once she believed her back injury was on the mend.

"My back finally started to feel better, but it wasn't better in time for me to play Doha at the level I'd like to play," Williams said in a prematch media interview Monday. "So then it became more about what can I play next, and this was next on the calendar.

"It gets boring to have ...

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