Serena Williams returns after winning year in Eastbourne doubles

Serena Williams returned with a win after a year as the American legend teamed up with Ons Jabur to beat Sarah Soribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 in the Eastbourne International doubles on Tuesday. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, was back in action for the first time since her exit from Wimbledon last year. The 40-year-old suffered a leg injury during a Wimbledon first-round match against Aliksandra Sasnovi and has not been seen on court since. Before Williams made the surprise announcement of his return last week, rumors of retirement swirled around him for several months.

But, with Wimbledon starting on 27 June, Williams eventually resumed her career, playing alongside Jaboor in the Wimbledon warm-up event on the Sussex Seaside.

Williams and Tunisia’s Jabeur, who is third in the WTA singles rankings, defeated Spain’s Soribes Tormo and Czech Republic’s Buzkova in a last-16 encounter.

Although Williams was far from her old best, she would be encouraged by her first outing for 12 months.

She and Jabur will face Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching in the quarterfinals.

Serena has been given a wildcard to play in singles at Wimbledon as she resumes her history bid.

Williams is one Grand Slam crown away from equaling Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 singles titles in the Majors.

The last of Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles came at the Australian Open in 2017.

Since then she has lost four Grand Slam finals including Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019.

Williams won her seventh and most recent of her seven Wimbledon singles titles in 2016.

Serena, who became a mother in 2017, has dropped to 1,204th place in the WTA rankings due to her period out of action.

His longtime coach, Patrick Mouratoglu, revealed in April that he had taken on a new role alongside Simona Halep.

strong soul

Wimbledon is widely considered to be Williams’ best chance to win another Grand Slam, and it was her first step towards that goal.

After so long, Serena drew applause from the crowd to a raucous reception as she took to the court in the evening sun.

Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian watched from the stands as his wife made an apparently harsh start.

A missed smash into Serena’s net allowed her opponents to serve in the second game of the match, before the Williams-Jabur partnership fell 3-1.

Williams’ groundstrokes initially lacked her usual accuracy, with the first set slipping away quickly.

Serena was competing in doubles on grass for the first time since 2016, when she won Wimbledon with her sister Venus.

The 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion lacked extreme form, and twice at the start of the second set Bouzkova and Soribes Tormo led the break.

But Williams showed the resolute spirit that has defined his career, hitting the ball clean and crisp as he and Jaboor struck back to level the match on a set.

Serena had advanced into the competition and the decisive tie-break of the match tested her nerves as well as her shot-making.

Serena lost a match point on her serve with a wayward forehand at 9-8 and Jabur wasted another at 10-9.


But the pair saved a match point from Bouzkova and Soribes Tormo at 10-11, taking the final three points to seal a dramatic victory in the evening.

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