RETURNS TO THE COURT AT WIMBLEDON
Serena Williams hasn’t played in a tournament since she injured herself in the first round at SW19 a year ago.
The 40-year-old will now make her return to Grand Slam tennis at Wimbledon after being given a wildcard singles entry.
She will play doubles at Eastbourne alongside Tunisian Ons Jabeur to prepare the week before the tournament.
Serena had posted a picture on Instagram earlier which showed her tennis shoes sitting on grass, hinting at her return.
She is currently ranked 1,208 in the WTA rankings due to prolonged inactivity and risked losing her ranking completely.
In 2016, Serena won her last Wimbledon title, and reached the final in both 2018 and 2019 after coming back from maternity leave.
She has won 23 Grand Slams, her most recent at the 2017 Australian Open. Only Margaret Court has more than her, with 24.
Serena’s first Wimbeldon was in 1998 when she was 16. Since then, she’s only missed it 3 times, including when she was pregnant in 2017.
Her attempt to equal Court’s Grand Slam record last year ended abruptly when she slipped and injured herself against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Serena’s return to the singles is a pleasant surprise and rumors of a doubles return are milling about as well.
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