winning return for Serena Williams in doubles at Eastbourne

Alongside Ons Jabeur, the American won her first match for her return to competition on Tuesday in Eastbourne, England.

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First game and first victory. Almost a year after leaving Wimbledon through injury, Serena Williams returned to competition in the best possible way on Tuesday June 21. Lined up in doubles on the grass of Eastbourne (England), the 40-year-old American and the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, world number 3, won in the first round against the Czech Marie Bouzkova and Spaniard Sara Sorribes 2-6, 6-3, 13/11.

“Oh my God, it was so much fun playing with Ons, and it was great!”, said Serena Williams, who fell to 1204th in the world rankings. The player with 23 Grand Slam singles titles announced her return on social media last week. The doubles in Eastbourne should allow her to regain some rhythm before lining up in singles next week at Wimbledon, where she has been crowned seven times, thanks to an invitation from the organizers.

“Did I doubt I could come back? Yes of course. I wouldn’t be honest if I said I didn’t think about it. And now I feel physically very good,” admitted the American after the match, without specifying how long she still sees herself playing. “I take things day by day. I took my time after my hamstring injury, so I’m not going to make a lot of decisions now.”

During this rematch, Serena Williams proved that she had lost none of her intensity and power, even if she is not quite sharp yet and sometimes lacks speed in her movements. In the quarterfinals, the Williams-Jabeur duo will face the pair made up of the Japanese Shuko Aoyama, 10th in the world in doubles, and the Taiwanese Ho-Ching Chan, 49th.

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