Iga Swiatek reacts to Serena Williams playing Wimbledon.PAM

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek is excited about Serena Williams returning to tennis as she is looking forward to seeing the 23-time Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon. On Tuesday, Williams took to Instagram to reveal her plans to compete at Wimbledon.


Williams hasn’t played since last year’s Wimbledon and she is set to return after being out for 12 months. “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there. Let’s go,” Williams wrote on Instagram. “What a news, see you there,” Swiatek commented under Williams’ post.


Swiatek will only play Wimbledon during the grass season

Swiatek was scheduled to play Berlin and Wimbledon during the grass season but she decided to withdraw from this week’s WTA event in Berlin. Grass is not Swiatek’s strongest surface and it will be interesting to see how she does at Wimbledon without much preparation.


Swiatek has won her last 35 matches and she could potentially improve her winning streak to 42 if she wins Wimbledon. “I think when I’m going to start Wimbledon I’m just going to think about getting through the first matches.


I won’t think about the streak because I know it’s not helping me. I did the same here and I know how to separate my mind from that and focus on tennis,” Swiatek said on the WTA insider podcast. “But right now for sure, I can think about that a little bit more and I would love to add some matches to that streak.


But I feel that chapter is closed for sure for clay season, but also after the Sunshine Double I didn’t really have a lot of time to rest and I really want to rest right now after Roland Garros. Because back then I was like I’ll have three days off, but I couldn’t really stop thinking about the season. Right now I think I will have more time and I really want to do my best at resting.”



Australian tennis legend Rennae Stubbs is thrilled to see Serena Williams returning to action and likely finishing her career on her own terms. Last year, Williams was forced to retire her first round match at Wimbledon. 12 months later, Williams has announced her return to tennis.


Williams will play doubles in Eastbourne next week, before she heads to The All England Club for Wimbledon. “I am SO happy to hear Serena Williams is coming back!!! Never want to see a great champion limp off a court in tears and never return!!!!



“I am excited to return to the Rothesay International tournament in England and to be back on the grass – a surface that has been so good to me throughout my career. Eastbourne has a unique charm that you don’t see anywhere else on Tour and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans again,” Williams said in a statement.



Williams is set to play in Eastbourne for the third time in her career. Williams made her Eastbourne debut in 1998, when she reached the quarterfinal as a teenager. Williams returned to Eastbourne in 2011, but didn’t have much success, losing in the round-of-16.



“On behalf of everyone at the LTA we are delighted to warmly welcome Serena back to the Rothesay International and the fabulous setting of Devonshire Park, Eastbourne. This year’s line-up is proving absolutely stellar, where having Serena here will be the icing on the cake and personally, I’m sure I speak for many in that we can’t wait to see her play again,” Eastbourne tournament director Gavin Fletcher said.


Serena Williams return is good for her but bad for us,’ Andrea Petkovic jokes

Tennis – Serena will compete in Eastbourne and Wimbledon in the upcoming weeks.



Serena Williams surprised her fans with massive news on Tuesday. The 40-year-old American will compete again after staying away from the court for over a year, entering the Eastbourne doubles and the Wimbledon singles draw.



Serena was not on the initial Wimbledon entry list, even not with a protected ranking. Andrea Petkovic welcomed Serena’s return, calling it an important moment for the WTA Tour. Also, the German would love to avoid the 23-time Major winner in the first round, probably like the rest of the field.



Williams skipped Wimbledon in 1999, 2006 and 2017, and only a few did not believe it would be the same scenario in 2022. Serena has not played for a year due to an injury and will leave the WTA rankings in a month for the first time since October 1997.



Williams left Wimbledon in tears a year ago following a retirement against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening round due to a leg injury. Serena is eager to embrace another deep run at the All England Club and stop the clock despite being one of the oldest remaining players on the Tour.



Serena Williams will compete in Eastbourne and Wimbledon.



She is currently ranked outside the top-1000 and will have to play more tournaments after Wimbledon to be ranked again. Williams has remained competitive for over two decades, winning 23 Major titles and moving one behind Margaret Court’s record.



After only six tournaments on her tally in 2021 and no Major finals, Serena finished the season ranked outside the top-40 for the first time since 2006. The American veteran struggled with injuries and terminated the previous year after tearing her hamstring in the Wimbledon first round.



Serena’s comeback seemed very unlikely a couple of weeks ago, as we saw no footage of her from the tennis court for a while. That all changed on Tuesday, and Williams is back on the surface that has seen her winning seven Major titles.



Serena took a break from tennis after winning the 2017 Australian Open to give birth to a child. She returned in the spring of 2018 and reached four Major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in the next16 months. Still, she lost all those encounters against much younger opponents to remain on 23 singles Major titles.



Serena has been dealing with numerous injuries in the past couple of years, and her best result at Majors came at the last year’s Australian Open, where she lost to Naomi Osaka in the semis. Not playing for almost a year, Serena will try to raise her level in Eastbourne alongside Ons Jabeur ahead of her milestone 20th Wimbledon.



“Serena’s return is good for her and bad for us. I think it’s great for the women’s Tour to have her back. Some of my American friends said Serena has low-keyed retired, but I refused to believe that. I’m looking forward to seeing her at tournaments again.



I hope I do not play against her in the first round. I think Serena will be super-fit for Wimbledon; otherwise, she would not try. She must have been working very hard in the last couple of weeks,” Andrea Petkovic said.

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