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Don’t count out Serena Williams just yet. The 40-year-old returns to Wimbledon this month as one of the wildcard picks for the women’s singles portion of the tennis tournament.
The announcement came from the All England Club on Tuesday, and Williams followed up with a post on his Instagram account that read, “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there.” (SW19 is a reference to Wimbledon; the All England Club postcode is SW19.)
The Grand Slam tournament will begin on June 27 and it will be the first time since last year’s event that Williams has competed professionally. The seven-time Wimbledon champion left the 2021 tournament in her opening set of the opening round after injuring her right leg on the slippery grass court.
Since then, many fans have wondered if that was it for Williams and if a retirement announcement was imminent, especially after she parted ways with longtime coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who then began working with the Romanian Simona Halep.
As Williams returns to the court, many fans are watching to see if the player they consider the GOAT – the greatest of all time – can claim her 24th Grand Slam singles title and tie the record held by the ‘Australian Margaret Court from the 1970s.