After 1:34 hours, the 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams and Jabeur prevailed 2: 6, 6: 3 and finally in the champions tiebreak with 13:11. Williams, in a brightly colored long-sleeved outfit, was highly motivated and very emotional about the matter.
Williams will compete at Wimbledon next week via wildcard. There she had played her last match for almost a year on July 29, 2021 in her first round task against Aljaksandra Sasnowitsch (Belarus). Her last doubles match on the tour was more than two years ago – it was the lost final in Auckland in January 2020.
A tear in the hamstrings had forced Williams into a month-long hiatus. In April, she hinted at her comeback at Wimbledon in exchange with football star Aaron Rodgers. She has won the tournament in south-west London seven times, most recently in 2016.
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