The 36-year-old had hoped to return in time to defend her Australian Open title next week and boosted fans hoping to see her play in Melbourne by taking part in a serious exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi last month.
However, the American subsequently withdrew from Australian Open contention, saying she wasn’t ready to compete at her best, revealing in an all-encompassing interview with American magazine Vogue that a traumatic delivery had set her recovery back.
But the 23-time Grand Slam champion has shunned talk of hanging up her racket just one short of all-time leader Margaret Court’s 24 wins – even if it is tempting.
“To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco and just being a mom,” Williams told Vogue.
“But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams.
“I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately.
And the American also provided that she would not be taking her foot off the accelerator when she does eventually return to the court.
“At my age, I see the finish line,” Williams added.
“And when you see the finish line, you don’t slow down. You speed up.”