‘Serena’s back’: Williams to return in Eastbourne
Originally published on: 07/06/11 09:24
Serena Williams will make her long-awaited return to competitive tennis at the AEGON International in Eastbourne from June 13th.
The former world No.1 has not played on tour since winning her 13th Grand Slam title at last year’s Wimbledon after a series of well-documented injuries and illness, but will feature at the Wimbledon warm-up after being awarded a wildcard.
“I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again,” said 29-year-old Williams. “These past twelve months have been extremely tough and character building. I have so much to be grateful for. I’m thankful to my family, friends, and fans for all of their support. Serena’s back!”
Serena joins 13 of the world’s top 20 players for the tournament – including French Open champion Na Li – in a field that also includes sister Venus, who confirmed her participation a few weeks ago.
“Eastbourne has a huge soft spot for Serena,” said delighted Tournament Director Gavin Fletcher. “People here will be absolutely thrilled that she’s back playing world class tennis, and that she’s chosen the grass courts of Devonshire Park as the venue for her return. Serena can be guaranteed a huge welcome when she arrives.”