*The Williams sisters are back.
Both Venus and Serena are returning to the court this month following an assortment of health issues.
The two have entered the grass-court AEGON International tournament, which takes place June 13-18 in Eastbourne, England. The siblings will then compete at Wimbledon, which begins June 20. Serena will be defending her title.
“I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again,” Serena said in a statement released by her agent. “These past 12 months have been extremely tough and character building. 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 her fourth Wimbledon singles championship last summer, Serena cut her foot on glass at a restaurant while in Germany. She played in an exhibition match in Belgium against Kim Clijsters days later. But when she returned to the United States she had the first of two operations for her injury. The second surgery was in October, and she said she spent 10 weeks in a cast and 10 weeks in a walking boot.
Then, the 29-year-old was diagnosed in February with blood clots in her lung. After that, she said she needed treatment for a hematoma — a gathering of blood under the skin — on her stomach.
She returned to practice in April, an event she announced via Twitter, posting a picture of herself on court in a pink bodysuit.
Williams’ older sister Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, also is returning to action after an extended injury absence. Venus has been sidelined since injuring her hip during the Australian Open in January, but her agent said last month she was on track to play at Eastbourne and Wimbledon.
At Wimbledon, the sisters have combined to win nine of the past 11 championships. In that span, the sisters played each other in four of the finals at the All England Club.