PARIS — Serena Williams, absent from competitive tennis for nearly a 12 months, said on Tuesday that she intends to return for Wimbledon, which begins on June 27.
Williams, 40, has not played on tour since leaving a match in considerable pain with a right leg injury in the course of the first round of Wimbledon last 12 months against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Sasnovich, a Belarusian, is one in all the players banned by Wimbledon this 12 months due to Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has been supported by Belarus. But Williams plans to return, and Wimbledon confirmed on Tuesday that she was receiving a wild card to play singles.
If she does indeed participate, it is going to be her twenty first appearance at Wimbledon, where she has won seven singles titles and 7 doubles titles, six of the doubles titles together with her older sister Venus Williams.
It’s unclear whether Venus Williams, 41, can be planning on returning to the tour. She has not competed since last August in Chicago.
Due to inactivity, each sisters’ rankings have dropped removed from their usual zones. Venus Williams is No. 571. Serena Williams is No. 1,208, which explains why she required a wild card to achieve entry to Wimbledon.
In her temporary Instagram post on Tuesday announcing her plan to play Wimbledon, Serena Williams also tagged the Eastbourne International tournament. That means that she intends to return to competition for the WTA grass-court event in Eastbourne, England, which begins on Saturday. That might give her at the very least some match play before Wimbledon.