As a sporting icon and veteran of 20 editions of Wimbledon, Serena Williams remains a superstar to fans whenever she returns to SW19.
The American great has not reached the final eight at a Grand Slam since the 2021 Australian Open and has not appeared at a major since sustaining an injury in a first-round Wimbledon exit last year.Twenty years after she first won the women’s singles competition, Williams returned to Wimbledon in 2022 to end a year on the sidelines.
In the first round at Wimbledon 2022, Williams faced Harmony Tan, who is currently ranked 113th in the world. Wimbledon debutant Tan produced a career-best performance to beat Williams 7-5 1-6 7-6 (10-7) in an epic contest that clocked over three hours under the Centre Court roof.Did Serena Williams play at Wimbledon 2022?
With under two weeks before the start of Wimbledon, Williams posted a cryptic photo alongside a message on social media that thrilled fans hoping to see one of the best players of all time grace the grass.
“SW and SW19,” Williams told her millions of followers, accompanying her words with a photo of a court. “It’s a date. 2022 — see you there.” Williams’ inactivity meant she had a world ranking of 1,208 when the announcement was made, with organisers wisely deciding to award the seven-time champion a wildcard entry.
Older sister Venus, who is also a legend of the sport, was not announced among the wildcard participants.