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‘I doubted if I could go back,’ admits Serena Williams | Other Sports | Sports

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American star Serena Williams returned to competition at the Eastbourne women’s doubles tournament on Tuesday, with a win and qualification for the second round a year after her abandonment at Wimbledon due to injury, a period in which she doubted “if she could return” to compete, he admitted at a press conference.

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The 40-year-old, seven-time Wimbledon winner, Serena Williams, teaming up with the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, defeated the duo formed by the Czech Marie Bouzkova and the Spanish Sara Sorribes 2-6, 6-3 and 13-11.

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Now ranked No. 1,204 in the WTA rankings, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion announced her return to competition in a message via social media last week.

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The Eastbourne tournament should serve to refine his set-up for Wimbledon, a tournament he has won seven times and that he will be able to play in 2022 thanks to an invitation from the organization.

“If I doubted that I could return? Yes, of course. I wouldn’t be honest if I said I wasn’t thinking (of withdrawal). And now I feel so good physically … ”, declared the youngest of the Williams sisters at a press conference.

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Serena declined to answer the question of how much longer she sees herself playing tennis, as she continues to chase to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles.

“I take things day by day. I took my time after my hamstring injury, so I’m not going to make all these decisions at once,” she added.

“I love tennis and I love playing, otherwise I wouldn’t be here, but I also love what I do off the court,” he insisted.

After a first set loss to Sorribes and Bouzkova, Serena and Jabeur managed to level the match in the second set and take the victory in the ‘super tie break’.

“It’s been a lot of fun playing with Ons,” the American said after the match.

“After the first set we tried to survive (…) I ended up finding the flame a bit and I needed it. But they have played the first set beautifully,” he added.

Her partner Jabeur was “very honored that she chose me” to play the doubles tournament. “I couldn’t believe it (…) she was a little nervous at the beginning to play with such a legend, but she has made me feel so good on the court, even when I made mistakes”. (D)

Source: Eluniverso

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