Sports · June 23, 2022

Serena Williams returns to tennis after a year of absence with the double victory alongside Ons Jabeur

The pair beat Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo 2-6 6-3 13-11 in the warm-up event on the grass court, when Williams made her first appearance on a tennis court since retiring for a leg injury in the first round of Wimbledon last year.

After the win, the 23-time Grand Slam winner admitted there were moments during her 12-month layoff when she feared she would never return.

“Absolutely, for sure,” she told the BBC when asked if she was worried that her career was over. “I’d be dishonest if I said it’s not, but now my body feels great.

“It’s double, I’m only playing in the middle of the pitch, but I’ve been training a lot and so it’s pretty cool. You know what, I’m literally taking it one day at a time,” added Williams. “I really took my time with my hamstring injury, so I won’t be making many decisions after this.

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Serena Williams and Ons Jabeur won their first-round doubles match in Williams' return to tennis.

“It was great out there and so much fun playing with Ons, we had a lot of fun. Our opponents played great and we were happy to stay there.”

Last week, Wimbledon organizers announced that Williams had been awarded a wildcard to compete in the singles draw at the All England Club.

Williams is chasing Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, with her latest Grand Slam victory at the 2017 Australian Open.

The 40-year-old last reached the Wimbledon final in 2019, where she lost to Simona Halep, and in March told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that “she should have had about 30 or 32” Grand Slam single titles.

“I should have had it (the record), really, I had a lot of opportunities to have it. But I’m not giving up.”