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Serena Poised For Wimbledon Return After Lengthy Layoff

Serena Williams Beats World No. 1 Simona Halep As She Edges Closer To 24th Grand Slam Title

Serena Williams is set for a surprise return to Wimbledon a year after her last match, it has emerged.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion made a tearful exit in the first round 12 months ago after retiring during the first set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich due to a leg injury.

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Doubts had been growing about whether she would return to the sport.

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However on Tuesday, June 14, Serena Williams posted on Instagram;

SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there.

Intriguingly, the 40-year-old also tagged Eastbourne in her post, indicating she could potentially play in next week’s Rothesay International Eastbourne.

It is unclear whether Serena Williams, now ranked a lowly 1208, is intending to play singles or doubles; which is less demanding physically.

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She could have entered using a protected ranking reserved for players who have been sidelined through a long-term injury but did not do so and will therefore need a wild card.

The initial batch of wild cards for singles and doubles will be announced on Wednesday.

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Tennis has been conspicuous by its absence in most of Williams’ Instagram posts over the last year; with the focus on her business ventures and life as a mother to four-year-old daughter Olympia.

Suspicions that she had effectively retired grew when her long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou revealed in April that he had taken on a new role with Simona Halep.

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Wimbledon is widely considered Williams’ best chance of claiming a 24th slam singles crown to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.

She has twice reached the final since returning from maternity leave in 2020, losing to Angelique Kerber that summer and Halep the following year.

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