Serena Williams targets Wimbledon for long-awaited return
Serena Williams has revealed that she has marked Wimbledon 2022 as a target for her tour comeback, a full year after the last time she played competitively.
The 23-time Major winner has turned 40 since she was forced to retire from Wimbledon 2021 due to injury, but fans will now have hope she will grace the grass again this June.
In an Instagram story post alongside Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Serena told fans of her comeback plans.
She said: “[Aaron and I] have been talking about my comeback.
“He’s been hyping me up and getting me ready for Wimbledon, so can’t wait!”
Rodgers responded confused, saying: “What about US Open?”
Serena then responds: “Wimbledon is before the US Open!
“I’ve got to play Wimbledon first.”
“Exciting,” she added before signing off.
Having not played since June 2021, the former world number one has tumbled to 246th in the WTA rankings.
However, should Serena wish to compete at the 135th edition of The Championships, organisers will no doubt issue a wildcard to the tennis legend regardless of her ranking.
Wimbledon is Williams’ joint most successful Slam alongside the Australian Open, boasting seven singles titles at each.
Serena last won Wimbledon in 2016 and has since reached back-to-back finals in 2018 and 2019, losing to Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep respectively.
The latter has also made news this week after Serena’s long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou announced he will now be full-time coach to the Romanian.
While there is no official word on whether Mouratoglou and Serena have parted ways professionally, uncertainty remains as to their working partnership.
🎾 Free >> Join our legendary newsletter
🎾 Read >> World’s best tennis magazine
🎾 Watch >> How to enjoy ATP/WTA/Slam tennis on TV