Serena Williams set for tennis return at Eastbourne International
Serena Williams will return Tuesday for Eastbourne doubles after a year without tennis.
Williams, who has 23 singles and 14 women’s doubles titles at the Grand Slam, has not played since an injury at Wimbledon last year.
The 40-year-old American played with the Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
Williams was scheduled to train at Eastbourne on Monday, but that was stopped shortly thereafter. She was photographed in a game against American Frances Tiafoe at a club in Sussex Town on Sunday.
Williams and Jaber, who finished third in the WTA singles table, will meet Spanish side Sara Sorribes Tormo at Eastbourne Central Stadium around 6.30pm BST. She is also playing Marie Bouzkova from the Republic.
“Serena is a fighter on the court. I really like her story and what she did for us, in women’s tennis,” said Jaber, who began her career from Wimbledon before Wimbledon. Singles retired because she was ‘too much’ desire.
“She’s an inspirational guy and that’s great news for me that we’re playing couples together.
“It’s amazing, and honestly, I did not expect him to choose me, or even play my husband, after so long.
“But I feel like I’re back, all the memories of how she won so many majors. I hope it does not make me too nervous to be around him.”
Williams decided to play only doubles at Eastbourne after a lengthy period of absence, but was given a single-card wild card at Wimbledon, which will start next Monday.
Williams is the seven-time All-around England individual champion after 24 wins by Australian Margaret Court singles in the Grand Slam.