Serena wins comeback match – Daily Tribune

Serena wins comeback match – Daily Tribune
Serena wins comeback match – Daily Tribune

EASTBOURNE, Britain (AFP) — Serena Williams admitted on Tuesday she feared her storied career was over after a leg injury at last year’s Wimbledon forced her off the tour for a year and saw her ranking drop. ranked 1,204 in the world.

“Did I ever doubt that he would return? Absolutely sure. It would be dishonest if I said I wasn’t (on her mind) and now my body feels great,” Williams said.
The 40-year-old made a winning comeback when she teamed with Ons Jabeur to beat Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 at the Eastbourne International doubles on Tuesday.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, was playing for the first time since a dismal exit from Wimbledon last year.

Before she made the surprise announcement of her comeback last week, retirement rumors surrounded her for several months.

But, with Wimbledon starting on June 27, he finally resumed his career, playing Jabeur in the Wimbledon warm-up event on the Sussex coast.

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Williams and Jabeur of Tunisia, who is ranked third in the WTA singles rankings, beat Spain’s Sorribes Tormo and Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in the round of 16.
Although Williams was far from her best, she will be encouraged by her first start in 12 months.

However, he refused to be swayed by how long he intends to play even though Margaret Court’s record of 24 Slams is tantalizingly close at hand.

“You know what I’m taking literally one day at a time. I really took my time with my hamstring injury, so I’m not going to be making a lot of decisions after this.”
“Obviously I didn’t train much at first and after I didn’t get to play in New York, I went crazy not working out.”

“I felt good, but I always try to stay kind of fit because you never know when you’re going to play Wimbledon.”

“I love tennis and I love playing, otherwise I wouldn’t be here, but I also love what I do off the court.”

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Williams has been given a wild card to play in the singles at Wimbledon, where she is a seven-time champion, as she restarts her bid for history.
The last of Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles came while pregnant at the Australian Open in 2017.

Since then, he has lost four Grand Slam finals, including at Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019.

Williams won the seventh and most recent of her seven Wimbledon singles titles in 2016.
After so much time away, Serena was drenched in applause Tuesday during a raucous reception from the crowd as she walked onto the court in the afternoon sun.
Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, was watching from the stands as his wife got off to an understandably rusty start.

With Williams’ groundstrokes initially lacking her usual precision, the first set slipped away quickly.

Serena appeared in a grass-court doubles competition for the first time since 2016, when she won Wimbledon with her sister Venus.

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The 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion was well off her best form as Bouzkova and Sorribes Tormo twice led by break early in the second set.

But Williams showed the tenacious spirit that has defined her career, hitting the ball clean and crisp as she and Jabeur responded to level the match at one set.
In the deciding tie break of the match, Serena squandered a match point on serve with a rogue forehand at 9-8 and Jabeur squandered another at 10-9.

But the pair saved a match point from Bouzkova and Sorribes Tormo at 10-11, racking up the final three points for a dramatic victory in the dark.
In women’s singles, last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova lost 6-1, 4-6, 4-6 against Britain’s Katie Boulter.

Top-seeded Spanish Paula Badosa was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by British wildcard Jodie Burrage.