Tennis

Serena Williams handed singles wildcard for Wimbledon

Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves court as she retires from her first round match against Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich after sustaining an injury

FILE–Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves courtroom as she retires from her first spherical match in opposition to Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich after sustaining an harm on June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Serena Williams will return to Grand Slam tennis for the primary time in a 12 months at Wimbledon later this month after being handed a singles wildcard entry by the All England Membership on Tuesday.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, who has not performed since struggling an harm throughout her first-round match at Wimbledon 12 months in the past, has plummeted to 1,208 on the planet rankings.

Earlier Tuesday, Williams had indicated she can be at Wimbledon, which begins on June 27, when she posted a picture of her white trainers on grass on Instagram together with the caption: “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022, see you there.”

The 40-year-old will make her return to aggressive tennis subsequent week on the Eastbourne Worldwide, the place she has been given a wildcard into the doubles with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.

“I’m excited to return to the Rothesay Worldwide Eastbourne in England and to be again on the grass — a floor that has been so good to me all through my profession,” stated Williams.

“Eastbourne has a novel appeal that you just don’t see wherever else on tour and I’m trying ahead to taking part in in entrance of the followers once more.”

Williams received the final of her seven Wimbledon singles titles in 2016 however reached the ultimate in 2018 and 2019 after getting back from having a child.

She made a tearful exit final 12 months after retiring in the course of the first set in opposition to Aliaksandra Sasnovich on account of a leg harm and doubts had been rising about whether or not she would return to the game.

Her long-time coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, revealed in April that he had taken on a brand new position with Simona Halep.

Wimbledon is broadly thought of Williams’s greatest probability of claiming a twenty fourth Grand Slam singles crown to equal Margaret Courtroom’s all-time file.

Her final Grand Slam title got here on the Australian Open in 2017.

Wimbledon board member Tim Henman, who reached 4 semi-finals on the event, stated: “It’s a wide variety on the ladies’s aspect.

“Serena requested (a wild card) really a few weeks in the past and she or he goes to minimize at Eastbourne. Hopefully she’s going to get a great probability of getting some grass courtroom preparation in.”

British gamers dominated the remainder of the wild card checklist, with gamers together with Katie Boulter and Liam Broady given spots within the singles major attracts.

Becoming a member of them will likely be three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who has returned from a long-term foot harm this season, and Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven, who beat Daniil Medvedev within the last of the s’Hertogenbosch grass courtroom event on Sunday.

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