Eastbourne International: Twitter reacts as Serena Williams makes winning return after one year

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Reported by:| Edited by: |Source: Reuters |Updated: June 22, 2022, 06:40 IST

Serena Williams, who had not played competitive tennis since limping out of last year’s first round match at Wimbledon, made a winning comeback at Eastbourne International on Tuesday. She and partner Ons Jabeur came out of a set down to beat Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova 2-6 6-3 (13-11) in women’s doubles.

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The former world number one was out of action after injuring his leg. Now back on the court and on the grass again, Williams has stepped up preparations for Wimbledon, where the main draw begins next Monday, after securing a wildcard to enter alongside Tunisia’s Jabeur in the first round at Eastbourne.

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Looking rusty with a few loose opening shots, Williams, 40, who slipped to 1,204th in the singles standings, had her serve broken in the fourth game and there was no turning back as the Spaniard Sorribes Tormo and her Czech partner took the opening. Position.

Williams, who sported black duct tape over his face to help with a sinus problem, had no response as Sorribes and Bouzkova took three successive breaks at the start of the second to help them get into position dominant.

However, a ferocious volley from Williams helped her and Jabeur hold serve to make it 4-3, before the American showed further signs she was starting to find her groove with a kick booming right to break their opponents’ serve.

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Williams served the following game to take the game to a final tiebreak, which swung this way and that, with both pairs having match points before Sorribes Tormo missed a volley at the net to hand the victory to his opponents .

Seeing the winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles return to action made netizens nostalgic as they enjoyed the return of the Williams.

“It was so much fun playing with Ons,” Williams said. “We had fun.

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“I took fire behind me! I needed it. It was good. We just take it one day at a time.”

Earlier in Eastbourne, Britain’s number four Katie Boulter scored one of the biggest wins of her career with a 1-6 6-4 6-4 victory over Wimbledon 2021 runner-up Karolina Pliskova, while Jodie Burrage ended a memorable day for Great Britain. beating world number four Paula Badosa 6-4 6-3.

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