Serena Williams is going to be playing at Wimbledon this year, after all. The All England Club announced on Tuesday that Williams had received a wildcard for the singles.
Williams hasn’t competed anywhere since suffering the injury in the first set of her first-round match at the All England Club a year ago. And her name was not on the list of women’s singles entries released by the grass-court Grand Slam tournament earlier this month.
But Williams was among six women who secured a place in Tuesday’s singles draw, along with five British players: Katie Boulter, Jodie Burrage, Sonay Kartal, Yuriko Miyazaki and Katie Swan.
Two other women will receive invitations “in due course”, the All England Club said.
Seven of the eight men’s spots have also been announced, including one for three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka.
Earlier today, Williams posted a photo of his white shoes on what appears to be a grass pitch and the message: “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022. See you there. Let’s go.”
“SW” are his initials, of course, and “SW19” is Wimbledon’s postcode.
The 40-year-old American has won seven of her 23 major singles championships at Wimbledon, an Open-era record, most recently in 2016.
Williams was a runner-up there in 2018 and 2019 (the tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic).
In 2021, Williams lost his footing on slippery grass and then his right leg twisted out of shape, leading to only the second mid-game retirement in any Grand Slam tournament in his career. and the first since 1998.
With the lack of activity since then, Williams – who has been ranked No. 1 in the past – is No. 1,208 in the WTA rankings this week. This is why she was not automatically placed on the Wimbledon court.
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