the surprise return of Serena Williams to Wimbledon

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Nearly a year after her last match, shortened by an injury, and months away from the courts to the point of letting her coach commit to the side of another player, Serena Williams announced that she would be present in two weeks at Wimbledon (June 27-July 10).

With an après child abandoned au premier tour de Wimbledon, tennis star Serena Williams returns to the lors du tournoi londonien competition (27 juin-10 juillet).

The winner of the 23 Grand Chelem titles announced the news on Tuesday, June 14, in a message posted on Instagram that is a sign of mystery and hope. “SW (pour Serena Williams, NDLR) and SW 19 (the postal code of Wimbledon). C’est un rendez-vous! On se voit là-bas”, and wrote the former world No. 1.

Without his usual coach

The 40 -year -old American, who has won the London Gazette title seven times, is back to 1,208e world place. She therefore could not use her protected ranking (possibility offered to players excluded from the circuit for long -term injuries) and could only count on a wild card (invitations distributed by the organizers) to integrate the table.

The Williams Sisters cadet will play well her 21e Wimbledon is simple, after lifting the trophy in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016. She had yet to reach the final in 2018 and 2019 without 4 wins.e major title which would have allowed him to equal the record of Margaret Court.

This year, in addition to the unknown linked to her lack of play, she will be without the support of her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who is now coach of Simona Halep.

The French coach had announced his April 7 kay Serena Williams, who he has accompanied since 2012 (with during this period 10 additional Grand Chelem tournaments in the palmarès of America) but who never enjoyed more in competitions left a “door open “so that he can work with someone else” at least in the short term “.

Without her star coach, without precedents, with a physical preparation that would not be really optimal, Serena Williams ’return to Wimbledon is not forcibly triomphal.

For all preparation, she will take her first steps in next week’s competition on the Eastbourne field, where she will play the doubles associated with Tunisian Ons Jabeur (4e mondiale in simple). “I am very happy to be back (in Eastbourne) in England and to be back on grass, a surface that I have had so much success with during my career”, the American recalls in a statement from the English Tennis Federation (LTA. )).

Children 73e and dernier titre remonte on January 12, 2020 in Auckland. It was also his last finale.

With AFP

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