Serena Williams will enter her first tournament in nearly a year next week in Eastbourne, where she signed the doubles draw alongside Anas Jabeur. Serena will use Eastbourne to prepare for the third season’s Major at Wimbledon, hoping to do better than she did a year ago when she retired in the opening round.
Williams trained in Eastbourne on Sunday with good friend Frances Tiafoe, and formed her game ahead of her long-awaited comeback. Serena plays her 20th at Wimbledon, is chasing an eighth title and the elusive 24th singles title.
Williams skipped Wimbledon in 1999, 2006 and 2017, and it was almost inevitable that we wouldn’t see her at the All England Club in two weeks. The American surprised everyone and traveled to England to compete in one of her favorite tournaments.
Serena has not played for a year due to an injury and will withdraw from the WTA rankings for the first time since October 1997 despite the Wimbledon result. Williams left Wimbledon in tears a year ago after retiring to Alexandra Sasnovich in the opening round.
Now, she’s ready to give it another shot in her quest for the 24th Major.
Serena Williams will compete in Eastbourne next week.
Williams established herself as a top 10 player in 2000 and 2001 and conquered the WTA throne in 2002.
Serena has been competitive for more than two decades, winning 23 major titles and falling short of Margaret Court’s record. After only six events to her credit and no major finals, Serena finished the 2021 season ranked outside the top 40 for the first time since 2006.
The American veteran struggled with injuries and ended the season after rupturing his hamstring in the first round of Wimbledon. Serena decided to call it quits for a year, and she’s finally back in court again. Williams won the 23rd major title at the 2017 Australian Open after defeating her sister Venus in the final.
The great American took a break from tennis to give birth to a baby later that year and returned in the spring of 2018. Driven to get back where she belongs, Williams reached four major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019, losing against smaller opponents. much.
Serena has had several injuries in the past two years, and her best result came in the Majors’ Championship at the Australian Open last year. She scored five wins and advanced to the fourth round before losing to Naomi Osaka.
Serena will try to raise her level after a long break and show her best tennis at Wimbledon, where she won seven of her 11 finals.