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Serena Williams enjoys triumphant return to tennis after teaming up with Ons Jabeur

Serena Williams enjoys triumphant return to tennis after she teamed up with Ons Jabeur to defeat Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova… but refuses to comment on long-term future in tennis

  • Williams enjoyed a triumphant return to tennis after partnering with Ons Jabeur
  • They took a 2-6 6-3 13-11 double win over Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes
  • The 23-time grand slam champion made her comeback appearance in 12 months
  • Last year she had to stop in the first round at Wimbledon due to an injury
  • Williams, 40, took time to warm up but soon showed flashes of her old self

Serena Williams made a winning return to Eastbourne on Tuesday night, but would not commit to a long-term future in tennis.

The 40-year-old American delighted the evening crowd by teaming up with Ons Jabeur to emerge victorious from her first match since stumbling out of Wimbledon last year.

Williams was clearly delighted after scratching duo Sara Sorribes defeated Tormo and Marie Bouzkova 3-6 6-3 13-11 in a decisive tiebreak for the champions.

Serena Williams (above) made a winning return to Eastbourne on Tuesday night

Serena Williams (above) made a winning return to Eastbourne on Tuesday night

However, she doesn’t want to look beyond her All England Club appointment next week, who will certainly feel more at ease after an excellent training session.

‘Oh my god, it was so much fun playing with Us. It was amazing. We had a lot of fun,” Williams said. “I take it literally day by day. I don’t make any decisions after this.

“I love tennis and playing, but I also love what I do off the court.”

She was hesitant about the many preparations she had made for this trip. “I’ve been training a lot, my body feels great,” she added, after admitting she went “cold turkey” after being injured at SW19 a year ago.

She teamed up with Ons Jabeur after she was out of action for 12 months due to an injury to her right leg

She teamed up with Ons Jabeur after she was out of action for 12 months due to an injury to her right leg

The pair took a 2-6 6-3 13-11 doubles win over Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes

The pair took a 2-6 6-3 13-11 doubles win over Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes

“I definitely felt good there, I only cover half the field in doubles, but it felt like it clicked.”

Williams had broken her serve twice, but clearly improved as the match went on. In the first set she seemed a bit heavy on her legs, but she more than held her own as she and Jabeur got more used to each other.

However, it’s too early to say if this means she can impress in singles at Wimbledon, which will be something very different from the stunner she enjoyed on the south coast.

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