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What Serena Williams has done during her year away from tennis

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23-time Grand Slam champion hopes to be 24th as she prepares for Wimbledon after a year away - AP
23-time Grand Slam champion hopes to be 24th as she prepares for Wimbledon after a year away – AP

One year is a long time for any player not to play on the tennis court. This year matters a lot more when it coincides with your 40th birthday, and Serena Williams will know that feeling when she returns to the track on Tuesday.

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After almost 12 months out of the game, Williams resurrects his goal of winning his 24th major title at Wimbledon next week. She starts by playing doubles against world No. 3 Once Jabeur in Eastbourne, which she hopes will be a fun warm-up when she returns to competitive tennis.

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This is a world she was completely absent from and very silent about while on the fringes last year. While other players dip their toes in comments or comments during long periods of absence due to injury, or even occasionally post significant results on social media, Williams’ focus was elsewhere.

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Businesswoman Williams worked to her fullest. The Los Angeles-based women’s soccer club she invested in, Angel City, finally took to the field. She has raised $111 million to launch her venture capital fund, Serena Ventures, which will invest in founders with different perspectives. And she was tied up as investor in failed bid to buy Chelsea FC. All this along with running her existing eponymous fashion brand, being involved with NFT, and also promoting the Oscar-winning film King Richard, which tells the story of her family’s life.

And yet there remains a desire to play tennis again. There were fears that she was on the verge of retirement earlier this year, notably in April when her 10-year coach Patrick Mouratoglou left her camp to take over former Wimbledon champion Simone Halep. But Williams made the tennis world talk last week when she announced her sudden return to the court. She is working with Eric Hechtman, Venus’ sister coach, preparing for her cameo at the height of the tennis calendar.

Serena Williams posted a workout video on her Instagram account last week - INSTAGRAM
Serena Williams posted a workout video on her Instagram account last week – INSTAGRAM

A year after the dramatic scenes on Center Court where she slipped, injured herself and was forced to withdraw from the first round match, there is some skepticism in the dressing room about how well she can perform at SW19 this time around. “It’s been a long time and she’s not the youngest anymore, so I guess the body also needs time to get back in shape,” Wimbledon 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova said on Monday. “Playing matches in tournaments is still very different from just training… I think it will be difficult for her, super difficult, no matter what kind of player she is, because it still takes time. But, of course, she is an amazing player, she has achieved so much, and until now, many players will be very afraid to play with her.

Jabeur, who knew of her partnership with Williams before the French Open, was more confident in the seven-time Wimbledon champion’s ability to bounce back. “A lot of players were jealous because I play with her,” she said. “Honestly, Serena is Serena. She is a legend and always will be. She has done a lot for our sport and I have a lot of respect for her, respect for her story, respect for everything she went through. I hope I can learn at least 2 percent.” From him.”

Jabeur and Williams will face Sarah Sorribes Tormo and Marie Buzkova on Tuesday night and Jabeur thinks even the title is within reach: “I’m really excited, I want to win this doubles and why not win the title here, you know? ?”



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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