Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Serena Williams reday to play AGEON Classic and defend Wimbledon title.

Serena Williams is returning to the tour after nearly a year off because of various health issues.

Williams will begin her comeback at a grass-court tournament in Eastbourne, England next week. She then will defend her title at Wimbledon, which begins June 20.

Williams has not played an official match since winning her 13th Grand Slam title at the All England Club last July.

A few days after that victory, Williams cut her foot on glass at a restaurant. She wound up having two operations because of that and later was treated for a blood clot in her lung.

"I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again," Williams said in a statement released by her agent. "These past 12 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!"

Shortly after winning her fourth Wimbledon singles championship last summer, Williams hurt her foot while in Germany. She played in an exhibition match in Belgium against Kim Clijsters days later. But when she returned to the United States she had the first of two operations for her injury. The second surgery was in October, and she said she spent 10 weeks in a cast and 10 weeks in a walking boot.

The 29-year-old American was diagnosed in February with blood clots in her lung. After that, she said she needed treatment for a hematoma — a gathering of blood under the skin — on her stomach.

She returned to practice in April, an event she announced via Twitter, posting a picture of herself on court in a pink bodysuit.

Williams' older sister Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, also is returning to action after an extended injury absence. Venus Williams has been sidelined since injuring her hip during the Australian Open in January, but her agent said last month she was on track to play at Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

When healthy, the Williams sisters have dominated women's tennis for much of the past decade. In addition to their 20 total major singles titles, both have spent time at No. 1 in the WTA rankings.

At Wimbledon, the sisters have combined to win nine of the past 11 championships. In that span, the sisters played each other in four of the finals at the All England Club.



Carlos said...

Nice to hear the Williams sisters are back, but I disagree with you Captain I don't think Serena deserves the number four seed at Wimbledon. I don't like special treatment for super stars. A player when returns from injury specially from a long recovery period they are rusty. It takes awhile for a player to get back at their rhythm and their top level of play. The ranking rule changed for situations like this and Wimbledon officials should keep that in mind. Let me quote Sampras once again, "With the old ranking system a player can be dead and still be ranked number one".

Emily or as Carlos likes to cam me "Captain" said...

She atleast deserves a seed higher than 25th, they seeded Divapoa 24 in 2009 when she was ranked 60-something. Serena has been better for the game than Divapova, atleast a better seed than what she is ranked to get, Venus should get a slightly higher seeding aswell, although both sisters have proven (Serena '07 AO and Venus '07 Wimbledon) they don't need top seeding, or any seeding to take home the bacon at the end of the fortnight.

That quote is about the only thing I like a Sampras...completly true, I imagine Mr. Wozniacki genetically creating a clone of Caro to ensure when that happens a new pusher dane can be top spot and slamless

Carlos said...

Yeah, I didn't like Sampras either. I respect what he did on court but I still don't like him. In those days I liked A. Agassi and P. Rafter.

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#121 Sabine Lisicki GER d #56 s12 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-4, 7-6(3)
#85 Tamira Paszek AUT d #72 Sania Mirza IND 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
#79 Christina McHale USA d #74 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2
#99 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #142 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 6-3, 6-3
#111 Alison Riske USA d #136 Urszula Radwanska POL 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
#253 q Naomi Broady GBR d #188 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-2, 6(5)-7, 6-4
#212 q Arina Rodionova RUS d #16 s1 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-4, 6-2
#209 q Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d #59 s7 Jelena Dokic AUS 6-3, 6-1
#154 Michaella Krajicek NED d #88 Melanie Oudin USA 6-1, 7-5

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