Serena Williams to return to tennis at Eastbourne


Serena Williams, shown at the NBA Finals, will swap one courtside seat for another. (HANS DERYK / REUTERS)

Williams announced that she will play in a grass-court tournament next week in Eastbourne, England, and then at Wimbledon, which begins June 20.

“I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again. These past 12 months have been extremely tough and character building,” she said in a statement released by her agent. “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 Wimbledon in early July, Williams cut her foot on glass at a restaurant and, although she played Kim Clijsters in an exhibition a few days later, she underwent surgery in mid-July. In October, she had another operation and later said that she had spent 10 weeks in a cast and another 10 in a walking boot. In early March, she developed a hematoma and blood clots that she called “the scariest moment in my life”and was treated with blood thinners.

Her sister, Venus, also has targeted Eastbourne and Wimbledon for her return. She hurt her hip and was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open in January.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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