Serena Williams wins doubles match after year away

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The former world No. 1 has not played competitive tennis since walking out of last year’s Wimbledon first round match in tears with a leg injury.

The former world No. 1 has not played competitive tennis since walking out of last year’s Wimbledon first round match in tears with a leg injury.

Serena Williams returned to victory at the Eastbourne International on 21 June when she and partner Ons Jabeur pulled out to beat Sarah Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova 2-6, 6-3 (13:11) in Women’s Doubles.

The former world No. 1 has not played competitive tennis since limping out of last year’s first round match at Wimbledon last year, where she won seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, with tears in her eyes leg injury.

Back on the court and back on the grass, Williams stepped up her preparations for Wimbledon, where the main draw will start next Monday, earning a wildcard to compete alongside Tunisian Jaber in the first round in Eastbourne.

Looking rusty from a few bad early shots, 40-year-old Williams, who dropped to 1204th in the singles rankings, saw her serve break in the fourth game and there was no turning back as Spaniard Sorribes Tormo and her the Czech partner started. installed.

Williams, who wore a black face mask to help with a sinus problem, was unable to respond as Sorribes and Buzkova made three back-to-back breaks early in the second to help put them in command.

However, a ferocious volley from Williams helped her and Jabeur hold the serve to make it 4-3 before the American showed further signs that she was starting to find her rhythm with a booming right down the line to break the opponent’s serve.

Williams played the next game to take the match to a final set tie-break that wobbled this way and that, with both pairs scoring match points before Sorribes Tormo missed a volley on goal to give them the win.

“It was so much fun playing with Ons,” Williams said. “We had fun.

“I caught fire behind me! I needed it. It was good. We just take it one day at a time.”

Earlier in Eastbourne, British No. 4 Cathy Boulter scored one of the biggest victories of her career in a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova as Jody Burrage ended a memorable day for Britain. beating world No. 4 Paulo Badosa 6-4, 6-3.

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