Serena Williams returns to the courts after 1 year

Serena Williams wins first game in a year without playing


R. Gelfenstein - A year after her forced retirement from the Wimbledon singles tournament, away from competition and even the spotlight, American Serena Williams, the active player with the most Grand Slam titles, returns to the courts.

With the song "What A Feeling" blaring on the speakers of Devonshire Park, Serena Williams walked to the centre of the court at the Eastbourne tournament and received a standing ovation for her first competitive tennis match in almost a year.

About 90 minutes later, spectators rose to celebrate the triumph of the winner of the 23rd Grand Slam title in this tournament on the south coast of England that serves as a warm-up before Wimbledon.

Williams collaborated with Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in the victory over Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo and Czech Marie Bouzkova in the first round of doubles. Williams and Jabeur bounced back after losing the first set 6-2, losing 6-3 in the second and eventually winning 13-11 in the tiebreaker, converting their third match point.

The win secured Williams an extra match before her appearance at Wimbledon, where she received an invitation from organisers to enter the singles draw. Activity at the All England Club begins on Monday.

Without playing since, the American started the week at No. 1,204 in singles and was eliminated for Wimbledon.

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