Serena Williams will make her long-awaited return to the court later this month at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. The former world number one continues to chase a 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.
It has been almost an entire year since Williams last played a competitive tennis match, and since confirming her Wimbledon participation, she is giving fans something to look forward to. The 40-year-old star uploaded a video to her Instagram on Friday of her training for the upcoming Grand Slam.
In the clip, Williams is practising her serve on a grass-court surface, teasing her supporters with a glimpse of what to expect from her at the All England Club in just over a week’s time. She captioned the post “Ready…” and fans have flocked to the comments section to wish her luck and share their excitement over her return.
“We are so ready for the show,” one user wrote. “Finally women’s tennis is getting interesting again. Without Serena, tennis is not the same. Forever the queen,” another commented. Others have replied simply with the number 24, clearly backing the queen of the court to finally win her 24th Grand Slam title.
Williams is in the top five most successful female singles players in Wimbledon history and the second most successful of the Open Era. Only Martina Navratilova has won more titles since 1968, with nine Wimbledon trophies to Williams’ seven. The All England Club will always be a major chapter in the US star’s tennis career.
Not only did she win her first ever Grand Slam title by partnering Max Mirnyi in a mixed doubles triumph, but her first singles title also came from the famous grass courts. At Wimbledon 2002, she won her first ever Grand Slam singles title and defended her crown the following year, defeating her sister Venus in both finals.
Williams won another two titles at Wimbledon before suffering a foot injury which severely restricted her ability on the court. She struggled with a two-year trophy drought as a result of her injury but bounced back to winning ways at Wimbledon 2012, a win she described as the most rewarding of her illustrious career.
Williams went on to win another two singles titles at the All England Club, adding her impressive seven trophies to her six in doubles with Venus. She will look to compete for her eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam triumph later this month after receiving a wildcard entry to the main draw.