Serena Williams gets a wild card for Wimbledon singles

Serena Williams will play at Wimbledon, after every thing. The All England Club announced on Tuesday that Williams had been given a wild card for singles, marking her return to the Grand Slam tournament after a year of absence.

The professional era record holder of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, and a major star that tennis has never seen, will chime in by playing doubles in a smaller grasscourt event first, in association with Ons Jabeur in Eastbourne, England, next week.

The main draw match will start at Wimbledon on June 27.

Williams has not competed anywhere since sustaining an injury during the first set of her first-round match In the All England Club in 2021. Her name did not appear on the women’s singles entry list issued by the Grand Slam on grass advance this month.

But Williams was among six women to secure a place in Tuesday’s singles draw, along with five British female players: Katie Poulter, Judy Borg, Sonai Kartal, Yoriko Miyazaki and Katie Swann.

The All England Club said two more women would receive invitations “in due course”.

Seven of the eight men’s berths have also been announced, including one for three-time champion Stan Wawrinka.

Earlier today, Williams posted a photo From her white shoes what appears to be a lawn field and the message: “SW and SW19. It’s an appointment. 2022. See you there. Let’s go.”

“SW” is her initials, of course, and “SW19” is the zip code for Wimbledon.

The 40-year-old American has won seven of her singles titles at Wimbledon, the first in 2002 and the most recent in 2016. Williams was runner-up there in 2018 and 2019 (the tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.).

In 2021, Williams lost her feet on the smooth grass Then her right leg tripped, leading to her second mid-match retirement in any Grand Slam tournament in her career and first since 1998.

With little activity since then, Williams – who reached the number one spot for the first time in July 2002 – ranked 1208 in the WTA rankings this week. That is why it was not automatically placed at Wimbledon.

While Williams was sidelined, first Ash Party and then Ega Swiatek climbed into the left hole due to her long absence. Barty won Wimbledon last year and the Australian Open last January to solidify her grip on the top seed, but retired abruptly at the age of 25 in March.

This allowed Swiatek to rise to the top spot, and she cemented that new status with a 35-game winning streak that included winning her second French Open Cup this month.

That streak unbeaten by one, surpasses the 34 games that brought Williams together in 2013 and is equal to one by Williams’ older sister, Venus, for the longest run since 2000.

Williams’ addition to the arc at the All England Club adds a great story to this year’s tournament, which would have been filled with things, including the banning of players from Russia and Belarus due to the invasion of Ukraine, the removal of rating points by the WTA and ATP tours, the centenary For the opening of the central stadium and the addition of play scheduled for the middle of the week Sunday for the first time.

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