WTA: Serena Williams returns, awarded Wimbledon wild-card entry

When Wimbledon begins later this month, Serena Williams will be there as a wild-card entry in the women’s singles draw.

The All England Club announced Tuesday that Williams, who was not on the entry list released last week, is one of six female players awarded entry as a wild card.

She is also scheduled to make an appearance at Eastbourne next week in what will be her first competition since injuring her right leg at Wimbledon in 2021. She retired in her first-round match last year, tied at 3-3 with Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

“I am excited to return to the Rothesay International Eastbourne in England and to be back on the grass – a surface that has been so good to me throughout my career. Eastbourne has a unique charm that you don’t see anywhere else on Tour and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans again,” Williams said in a statement.

She is currently listed in the doubles competition alongside Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who is ranked No. 4 in singles.

Williams, 40, posted to Instagram on Tuesday a picture of white Nike shoes on finely cut grass and a Wilson tennis bag in the background with the text “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there.”

The postal code for the All England Tennis Club, site of Wimbledon, is SW19. She also tagged Eastbourne, the grass-court event that is a common tune-up for Wimbledon.

Wimbledon begins June 27, and Williams has won seven women’s singles titles in the event, part of her cachet of 23 Grand Slam championships. Her most recent win at Wimbledon came in 2016.

Margaret Court holds the all-time tennis record with 24 Grand Slam titles.

–Field Level Media

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