Former World No. 1 Serena Williams has announced that she will return to tennis next week at the grass court tournament in Eastbourne, then she will defend her Wimbledon title.
“I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again,” Serena said in a statement. “These past 12 months have been extremely tough and character building. I have so much to be grateful for. I’m thankful to my family, friends and fans for all their support. Serena’s back!”
Serena hasn’t played a match since injuring her foot following her 13th-career Grand Slam title last July at Wimbledon.
Williams then suffered a blood clot in early March which doctors said could keep her off the circuit for another 18 months.
But the 29-year-old has made a quick recovery and intends to return to the women’s tennis tour which has been in upheaval and almost rudderless without the big stars playing.
Serena is currently ranked No. 25 on the WTA computer. She will be joined in Eastbourne by sister Venus who hasn’t played since January because of a hip injury
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