Williams Sisters Rise Again In Eastbourne
Published June 09, 2011 12:00
EASTBOURNE, England - Two of the most dominant players of the last decade will return to the tennis courts this week coming up, as the Williams sisters make a long-awaited comeback to the WTA at the AEGON International.
A year ago they were the Top 2 players in the world but it has been a difficult time since then. Wimbledon was the last event Serena Williams played, missing almost eight months due to a right foot injury then suffering a health scare earlier this year - a hematoma and pulmonary embolism - that would keep her out another four months. Venus Williams has played only two tournaments since Wimbledon, a knee injury keeping her out most of last year and hip and abdominal injuries this year (she did play the US Open and Australian Open).
One week before Wimbledon, the Grand Slam they have dominated the most - they have combined to win there nine of the last 11 years, Venus winning five titles and Serena four - the Williamses will test their grass court games at the Premier-level tournament in Eastbourne starting on Monday, June 13.
"I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again," Serena said in a statement earlier this week. "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!"
Venus has played in Eastbourne twice before but not since the 1990s, reaching the second round in 1997 and 1998 (falling to Nathalie Tauziat and Natasha Zvereva, respectively). Serena has played the tournament once before, reaching the quarterfinals in 1998 (falling to Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario).