Serena Williams returns to tennis after a year away with a doubles win alongside Ons Jaber.

The pair beat Marie Buzkova and Sarah Sorribes Tormo 2:6, 6:3, 13:11 in the warm-up on the grass court. Williams first appeared on the tennis court after she ended her career due to a leg injury in the first round of last year’s Wimbledon.

After her win, the 23-time Grand Slam winner admitted that during her 12-month hiatus, there were moments when she feared she might never come back.

“Absolutely, exactly,” she said. BBC when asked if she was worried that her career was over. “I would be dishonest if I said it wasn’t, but right now my body feels great.

“It’s doubles, I only play half court but I’ve been practicing a lot and it’s definitely good. You know what, I literally take it one day at a time,” Williams added. . “I really took my time with the hamstring injury so I just don’t make a lot of decisions after that.

Serena Williams and Once Jabeur win their first doubles match in the Williams & # 39;  back to tennis.

“It was great there and so much fun to play with Ons, we had a lot of fun. Our opponents played amazingly and we were happy to stay there.”

Wimbledon organizers announced last week that Williams had received a wildcard to compete in the singles draw at the All England Club.

Williams is chasing Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, with her most recent Grand Slam win coming at the 2017 Australian Open.

The last time the 40-year-old athlete reached the Wimbledon final was in 2019, where she lost Simona Halepand told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour back in March that she “should have been on 30 or 32” Grand Slam singles titles.

“I had to get it (the record), really, I had many opportunities to get it. But I don’t give up.”