Serena Williams has hinted that she will play this summer Wimbledon, a year after her last professional match.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles winner last stepped onto the tennis court at the 2021 tournament, but suffered a serious leg injury in the opening round against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Neither Serena Williams nor her sister Venus were included in the Wimbledon attendance list when it was released last week, but on Tuesday she posted a picture of her coaches on grass to Instagram with the caption: “SW and SW19. it’s a date ‘2022 See you there. Let’s go.’
With SW19 being the iconic postcode of the Wimbledon area, it appears Williams, who has won seven singles titles at the Championships, will be aiming for a triumphant return when the tournament resumes on June 27th June.
It is not yet clear whether she will compete in singles or doubles.
The Williams sisters have won six doubles titles at Wimbledon and Serena even partnered with British grandmaster Andy Murray in the mixed event in 2019, although he is doubtful for this year’s tournament after withdrawing from Queen’s with a stomach injury.
However, her participation this year is far from guaranteed as the 40-year-old has not taken up the option to enter Wimbledon with a protected standings reserved for players sidelined with a long-term injury.
As a result, Williams, who is currently ranked 1,208 in the world, would need a wildcard to play, with the first batch of which is set to be announced very soon.
Despite the serious injury, Williams’ return was always inevitable as the American is just one Grand Slam title away from matching Margaret Court’s record of 24.
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