Serena Williams returns to tennis after a yr out with doubles win alongside Ons Jabeur


The pair beat Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo 2-6 6-Three 13-11 within the grass court docket warmup occasion, as Williams made her first look on a tennis court docket since retiring with a leg damage within the first spherical of final yr’s Wimbledon.

Following the win, the 23-time grand slam winner admitted that there have been instances throughout her 12-month layoff that she feared she may by no means return.

“Completely, for certain,” she instructed the BBC when requested if she was fearful her profession was over. “I’d be dishonest if I stated it wasn’t, however now my physique feels nice.

“It is doubles, I am solely taking part in half of the court docket, however I have been doing plenty of coaching and so it undoubtedly feels good. You realize what, I am actually taking it in the future at a time,” Williams added. “I actually took my time with my hamstring damage, so I am simply not making a ton of selections after this.

“It was nice on the market and so enjoyable to play with Ons, we had plenty of enjoyable. Our opponents performed superb and we have been joyful to remain in there.”

Final week, Wimbledon organizers introduced that Williams had been given a wildcard to compete within the singles draw on the All England Membership.

Williams is chasing Margaret Court docket’s document of 24 grand slam singles titles, together with her final grand slam win coming on the 2017 Australian Open.

The 40-year-old final reached the Wimbledon ultimate in 2019, the place she misplaced to Simona Halep, and instructed CNN’s Christiane Amanpour again in March that she “ought to have been at like 30 or 32” grand slam singles titles.

“I ought to have had it (the document), actually, I’ve had many alternatives to have it. However I am not giving up.”



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