Williams makes winning return after years out

Williams makes winning return after years out

Williams makes winning return after years out

Tennis – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 21, 2022 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her round of 16 doubles match with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo and Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

  • Serena Williams and Ons Jabeur beat Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova in the ladies’ duplicates.
  • The pair came from a put down to win 2-6 6-3 (13-11) in the doubles at the Eastbourne International.

Williams not played tennis since limping out of last year’s first-round match at Wimbledon where she won seven of her 23 Grand Slam titles.


Back on court and on the grass once more, Williams moved forward arrangements for Wimbledon, where the principal draw begins next Monday, having been conceded a trump card to enter, close by Tunisian Jabeur in the initial round at Eastbourne.

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Looking corroded for certain free early shots, 40-year-old Williams, who has slipped to 1204th in the singles rankings, saw her serve broken in the fourth game and it was absolutely impossible that back as Spaniard Sorribes Tormo and her Czech accomplice took the initial set.

Williams, who was donning dark tape all over to assist with a sinus issue, had no response as Sorribes and Bouzkova made three progressive breaks toward the beginning of the second to assist with setting them in a telling position.

In any case, a brutal volley from Williams assisted her and Jabeur with holding effectively make it 4-3, preceding the American gave further indications she was beginning to track down her mood with a thriving forehand down the line to break their rivals’ serve.

Williams served out the following game to take the match to a last set tiebreak, which swung all over, with the two pairings having match focuses before Sorribes Tormo missed a volley at the net to gift her rivals triumph.


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“It was so amusing to play with Ons,” Williams said. “We had a good time.

“I burst some into flames behind me! that was perfect for me. It was great. We’re simply taking it each day in turn.”

Prior at Eastbourne, British number four Katie Boulter raged to one of the greatest successes of her vocation with a 1-6 6-4 6-4 win north of 2021 Wimbledon next in line Karolina Pliskova, while Jodie Burrage finished a memorable day for Britain by beating world number four Paula Badosa 6-4 6-3.

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