WIMBLEDON, England — For Amra Sadikovic, a 27-year-old Swiss player who is facing Serena Williams in the first round Tuesday, playing at Wimbledon has been a dream 18 years in the making — except for a 14-month stretch in which she gave up on it entirely.
Sadikovic, 27, began playing tennis at age 9 but fell out of love with the game two years ago, as the strain and pressure of life on the lower rungs became too much.
“I stopped, and I didn’t think about coming back, to be honest,” Sadikovic said. “The last few months I was playing, I was standing on court, and I didn’t enjoy it at all. I didn’t have fun any more on court, and also during practice I was like, ‘Ugh, what am I doing here?’ It didn’t feel right anymore.”
Sadikovic’s ranking had stalled well outside the top 200, and the meager pay weighed on her.
“That’s why I took the decision to stop —…