The court has Serena Williams back on it. Since withdrawing from Wimbledon in 2021 due to a right leg injury sustained during a match against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the tennis champion has formally returned to the sport.

The 40-year-old and Ons Jabeur triumphed on Tuesday in the Eastbourne International doubles competition. In three sets, the team defeated Marie Bouzkov√° of the Czech Republic and Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain.

Williams told the BBC after the game that she was worried about her career while she was healing from the 2021 injury.

In the previous year, the mother of one revealed that she had had second thoughts about her ability to come back “If I claimed otherwise, I would be lying. But now, my body feels fantastic.”

As she gets ready for the All England Club, where she has won seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams continued by saying that she had fun playing with Jabeur. The winner gets a wildcard entry to the Wimbledon singles competition, according to the BBC.

“We were thrilled to stay in there despite our opponents’ outstanding play. I’m just playing half the court because it’s doubles, but I’ve been working out a lot, so it feels great. You know what, I’m really just taking it day by day “Added she. I’m just not making a lot of judgments now because I really took my time with my hamstring issue.

With a picture of her feet wearing sneakers, the four-time Olympic gold medallist discreetly hinted last week that she will be returning to Wimbledon. “SW19 and SW Date night. 2022 Hello there. #renasarmy, let’s go! “Willams wrote the post’s caption.

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The tennis professional’s initials are “SW,” and “SW19” stands for the postcode of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where Wimbledon is held. The men’s and women’s singles qualifying matches for the tennis event began on Monday in London, and the first round will commence on June 27.

Williams’ strongest supporter, her husband Alexis Ohanian, as well as friends and followers responded to the post with encouragement. With many clapping hands emojis and the phrase “LFG,” the online entrepreneur left a remark on the article.

Williams’ draw for the singles competition at Wimbledon has not yet been made public.