Almost a year after Serena Williams last played a singles match on the tour, tennis returned to Wimbledon's center court, and her awe-inspiring career almost wept.
Chasing the record 24th Grand Slam Singles Crown, 6-seed Williams was injured in the first round of last year's match. Physically and mentally.
Now, three months after her 41st birthday, Williams was ranked 1,204 in the world, and Americans needed a wildcard to play at Wimbledon.
She has only played two doubles matches in Eastbourne and she will be in her third major of the year against Harmony Tan in France.
However, she is pleased that Wimbledon has broken the tradition and allowed players to practice on the iconic center court so that they do not repeatedly slide on the lush grass. I was there.
"Obviously, I was very happy to be there and get the chance. The last moment on the center court was probably not my best moment, so I took it. It was good for me to remove it from my system, "Williams said.
"What has always come to my mind since the end of the match, so that was a huge motivation.
" I want to end the match like this. No. I'm really sorry, but it was definitely something that was always in my head. "
Williams is chasing the elusive 24th major. Meanwhile, the world's number one Iga Sifion is busy chasing the record himself and puts 35 consecutive wins (the highest in the 21st century) on the line when she takes on Yana Fett in the same courtroom.
Poland's Swiertech hasn't lost since February, but at the age of 21, she skipped a tune-up tournament in Berlin due to her shoulder problems and then Wimbledon without a match on the grass. Came to.
Center Court spectators are in the first round of the match between the two women's encounter as Rafael Nadal resumes his quest for a calendar slam when he faces Francisco Serundro. Will get the value of money at.
With 22 record-breaking majors in the bag, Nadal puts some distance between himself and his old rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, ready for another major. It looks like it's done.
The 36-year-old said that the pain in his leg that needed an injection for his victory at the French Open was no longer an issue.
"When I wake up, I don't have this pain I had for a year and a half last year, I'm very happy about it," Nadal said.
"Since the last two weeks, I haven't had any of these terrible days at all." (Report by Rohith Nair in Bangalore, edited by Ken Ferris)