This grass-court season is expected to be marked by Serena Williams’ return to tennis, after her almost a year long absence. The American, who has slipped to No.25 in the rankings from the No.1 where she stood when she last played competitively, plans to participate in the next week's Aegon International and then Wimbledon, where she will be defending her title.
Serena's sister Venus, a five-time Wimbledon champion, is also expected to play the grass-court Grand Slam. The last tournament she played was the 2011 Australian Open in January. Her health problem was a hip injury.
Serena was away from the tennis courts because of her injured foot that she had two operations on, and then in February she was hospitalized because of a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in her lungs.
In a statement released by her agent Serena said: "I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again […] I’m thankful to my family, friends, and fans for all of their support. Serena’s back!" (source: The New York Times, photos: © Neal Trousdale)