Serena Williams ‘confirms’ Wimbledon comeback after year-long tennis absence

Serena Williams has added a post on her Instagram page that seemingly confirms her return to Wimbledon this year.

In the post, the US tennis icon shared an image of her bright white Nike trainers on what appears to be a lawn tennis court. Also included was the caption, which signals her return to Grand Slam tennis.

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“SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022. See you there,” read the short statement of intent.

One of her favourite tournaments, Williams is a seven-time singles champion at Wimbledon. However, she has not won a title at the All-England Tennis Club since 2016.  Additionally, her last appearance at Wimbledon ended in heartbreak.

Serena Williams’ last Wimbledon match

Sadly, the tennis icon was forced out of the Championships in the first round last year. She suffered an ankle injury in her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The damage was so severe that Serena had to forfeit the game and exit the tournament early.

The 2021 Wimbledon women’s singles crown went to Ashleigh Barty, who beat Karolina Pliskova over three sets.

As a result of the ankle injury, Williams also missed the Olympic Games in Tokyo that same year. Further setbacks came from a torn hamstring, too; this kept her from playing in the 2021 US Open. Her absence went as far as the season-opening 2022 Australian Open, the first major of each year.

Now hopefully back to full health, Serena Williams will hope for success at Wimbledon to add to her already incredible legacy.

The greatest of all time?

Known for her stunning power and incredible accuracy, Williams took tennis by storm following her first win in 1998.

The 41-year-old holds the record for most singles Grand Slams ever, with 23 in total. What makes this all the more impressive is that Williams has won all four of the Grand Slams. She has won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon on seven occasions, alongside six US Open championships.

Finally, the tennis icon has won three titles on the clay at Roland Garros. Incredibly, her overall Grand Slam finals record stands at 23 wins and 10 losses. For her career in tennis’ biggest tournaments, Williams has 365 wins but just 54 defeats.

In addition, Williams has had the honour of winning Olympic medals for her country. Competing for Team USA, she won doubles Gold at the 2000, 2008, and 2012 Games. Williams also has one women’s singles gold medal for Team USA, which she claimed at the London 2012 Olympics.

Undeniably one of the greatest sportspeople of all time, Serena Williams is not ready to hang up her racquet yet. Thankfully for tennis fans, she has received her shot at glory despite her lack of qualifying. The All-England Club revealed that they have given Williams one of their last-remaining Wimbledon wild-card slots, allowing her to play.

Winning an eighth Wimbledon title is a long shot. But Williams has repeatedly proven throughout her career that anything is possible.

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